A report on the immediate impact of Covid-19 lockdown on rural communities shows there is a significant decline in the wellbeing of the people and more of them are missing meals.
There has been a 60 per cent decline in household income since the lockdown started, according to the survey done between March 17 and 24 and telephone call follow ups between May 12 and 23.
In the assessment done in Kagadi and Kyenjojo districts of western Uganda, researchers found that at least 50 per cent of people from a sample of 1,277 households are suffering from hunger.
The survey conducted by researchers Mahreen Mahmud and EMMA Riley on the "Evidence on the immediate impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on economic outcomes and well-being in rural Uganda" looks that household response to the extreme shock due to lockdown measures imposed by the government on businesses and public life from March 25.
A May 2020 report by BRAC Uganda also indicates that countries such as Uganda, which imposed strict measures such as lockdowns are experiencing greater falls in income.