So far there is almost no disaster control in Uganda, in Kampala there is a fire station operated by the police, which also has some vehicles, but has big problems with defective materials. There is a lack of skilled mechanics and spare parts.
Outside the capital there are only sporadically isolated communities to which some organization once donated a fire engine. Unfortunately the maintenance of the vehicles, equipment and the continuation and preservation of the qualifications of the volunteers is a problem here as well. Modern rescue equipment is generally not available. Nationwide there is no equipment available to deal with major crisis situations.
The Ministry of Health operates an infection protection centre which, however, also offers hardly any suitable resources, to be well-equipped to deal with an Ebola pandemic or similar events for example. The only organization that provides material is the UN. Unfortunately, it was not possible to find out exact figures or plans in case of a medical disaster.
In the future it would be desirable for all aid organizations active in Uganda to cooperate in a joint disaster control programme. However, this can only work if a European aid organization or the UN takes the lead. Experience has shown that projects led by government officials are doomed to failure due to the high level of corruption in the country.
We try to offer suitable materials, equipment, fire-fighting vehicles, anti-infection ambulances, laboratory vehicles for the rapid identification of pathogens, as well as expert multipliers for the training of specialist personnel.
The fire-fighting vehicles delivered by fire brigades in Europe, some of which are almost as good as new and fully loaded, are on average 20-25 years old. The costly special permits for the import of vehicles older than 15 years do not make this task any easier.