Practical ways to address COVID-19 stigma and manage its effects

What is stigma?

Generally, stigma can be understood as a deeply demeaning attribute that separates and creates an invisible wall between an individual and the rest of society. Stigma can be felt by an individual or groups of people or even nations. Stigmatized people tend to develop a sense of worthlessness, feel devalued, and less of human beings. Focusing attention on preventing the spread of COVID-19 is as important as managing the social, cultural and economic consequences of the virus and measures associated with its prevention.

Social Work Response to The Covid-19 Pandemic - 8 Point Guidance Note

Our concern as professional Social Workers is centred on the following principles:

Community engagement as a prevention and response model against COVID-19 in Uganda

The COVID-19 pandemic is primarily a health crisis with far-reaching social and economic ramifications. In Uganda and around the world, some response measures to the pandemic have resulted into lockdown of cities and communities. The measures have also inevitably disrupted livelihoods of millions of people, and disproportionately affected poor households, children, women, persons with disability, the elderly, persons with underlying chronic illnesses and informal sector workers.

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