Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of ...


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways.  COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment.  People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.

Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral.

People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.


YWAFT Major Intent

The overreaching goal of the YWAFT Strategic Plan 2019–2022, is to alleviate the problems and to drive positive results for the most disadvantaged school girl-children and women at-risk, and the vulnerable unemployed youth. Learn More..

AFRIpads Menstrual Kits

YWAFT, works towards scaling-up the girl-child stay at school to complete primary level education through distribution of reusable AFRIpads menstrual kits, under-wares, GIRL TALK booklets, training manuals as well as Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials for sensitisation of communities on the significance of proper management of menstrual sanitation and hygiene for the benefit of school girl’s education and their future.

Reasons To Care

Child Rights protection

YWAFT beliefs and commited to the principle contained in Article 19 of the UN Convention on The Rights of The Child that all children

Women's Empowerment

Identifying girls and women at greatest risk and in greatest need is a prerequisite to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all

Promoting girl child right

Promoting girl children rights and protection from forced teenage marriage, exploitation, unplanned pregnancies but stay at school and complete education.

Youth Empowerment

YWAFT With the Youth

YWAFT and the private sector are leveraging their core business and innovation to better serve the needs of vulnerable school girls and women as-risk, and the unemployed youth.

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Recognizing 21st World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)

Global 21st March WDSD

TUDSA closely works and coordinates with local NGO’s, CBO’s, international NGO’s and the Government of Uganda in helping and supporting persons with Down syndrome in Uganda and these include, YWAFT, DSi, UN Radio New York Kiswahili program, DSA UK and etc.
21st March Every Year

What is Down Syndrome

Clean and safe drinking water

YWAFT is enforcing the construction of water harvesting systems annexed to the classroom blocks in rural schools faced with the challenges of accessing clean and safe drinking water, and health facilities for harvesting rain water as well as the construction of lined VIP drainable latrines for boys containing urinals and handwashing facilities and  for girls containing washrooms and handwashing facilities in the rural schools.