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18 Aug 2017 description

Kampala – The number of South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda has surpassed 1 million. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has intensified its efforts to help refugees and the communities hosting them in coordination with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Since the crisis erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, nearly 4 million people have been displaced from their homes due to insecurity and rising humanitarian needs.

18 Aug 2017 description
report Save the Children

KAMPALA, 17th AUGUST, 2017 – As the number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda hits the one million mark, Save the Children is deeply concerned about the plight of children in displacement and resettlement sites across the country. Over 600,000 children require sustained humanitarian assistance to survive and continued access to education and psychosocial support.

17 Aug 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY FINDINGS

• The majority of the refugees rely on food assistance for their livelihood. In total, 58% are not participating in any economic activity while 24% are engaged in farming activities by renting out land from the host communities. Meanwhile, 75% of the host communities depend on agricultural production as their primary economic activity, and 10% are involved in petty trade. Most people lack access to capital to expand businesses.

17 Aug 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • The thinking is driven by conclusions that the worm and its rapid spread might have been as a result of climate change.
  • Currently, Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture is evaluating the extent of the damage caused by the worms’ invasion to the first season’s crop.
  • Scientists advise that control measures be considered when egg masses are present on five per cent of the plants or when 25 per cent of the plants show damage symptoms and larvae are still present.

By HALIMA ABDALLAH

17 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

As the number of people fleeing across the border passes the million mark, Jason Burke meets the strangers forging family units to replace those splintered by war

This, then, is a family. There is 23-year-old Gloria Keoji, the only adult, and six children. The oldest is 17, the youngest three months. There are five girls and a boy. The ties that bind them are made more of blood spilt than blood shared but, they insist, they are a family nonetheless.

17 Aug 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

Despite increasing attention to the severe refugee situation in Uganda, the international community has done little to ease the crisis as it reaches a grim milestone. This is what’s going on.

1. Uganda is home to more refugees than any other country in Africa

17 Aug 2017 description

The international community must deliver and improve on existing financial commitments to help Uganda support the refugees it is hosting, following a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announcement that one million South Sudanese refugees are now in the country, Amnesty International said today.

17 Aug 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today reiterating its call to the international community for urgent additional support for the South Sudan refugee situation and Uganda in particular, where the number of refugees from South Sudan has now reached 1 million.

Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day. In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic.

16 Aug 2017 description

6 August 2017- Uganda and Zambia are carrying out activities to better assess adaptation options through cost-benefit analysis and impact evaluation exercises, as part of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme, led by FAO and UNDP. Both Uganda and Zambia are also paving the way for gender mainstreaming in national adaptation planning policies.

15 Aug 2017 description
report EastAfrican

Uganda's Health Ministry has said it is rolling out a mass immunisation campaign against measles for children under the age of five, as a measure to control an outbreak of the disease.

The director of health services, Prof Anthony Mbonye, announced an outbreak of the disease in the capital Kampala and the neighbouring district of Wakiso, where 67 cases were reported in July.

“The Ministry of Health is undertaking a number of measures to control the spread of the disease, including investigating the extent of its spread in Kampala and Wakiso,” said Prof Mbonye.

12 Aug 2017 description

TSF at the heart of Africa’s biggest refugee crisis

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Global Pulse

PARTNERS: UN Country Team 

PROGRAMME AREA: Humanitarian Action 

LAB: Pulse Lab Kampala

SUMMARY

09 Aug 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Upon analyzing a variety of indicators, it is recommended that cash pilots first be introduced in the districts of Moroto, Amudat and Kotido, followed by other districts.

KEY FINDINGS

Key markets in Karamoja:

  • There are 47 functional markets across Karamoja, 85% of these being primary markets. Amudat, Kaabong and Kotido have only primary markets;

08 Aug 2017 description

Situation

  • Uganda hosts the largest population of refugees and asylum-seekers in Africa. As of July 2017, more than 1.3 million people displaced from other nations are currently seeking refuge in Uganda, of whom nearly 978,000 are South Sudanese.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Malteser

Cologne. The civil war in South Sudan has taken its toll on neighboring country Uganda. The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has now reached the million mark. Many of these refugees make the journey across the border, not just because of the Uganda’s proximity, but also as a result of the country’s welcoming approach to hosting refugees. “Uganda has provided a true and outstanding neighborly aid”, said Alexander Tacke-Köster, Program Coordination for Malteser International in Uganda.

08 Aug 2017 description

Kampala - 08/08/2017 - The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that there is an active outbreak of measles in Kampala and Wakiso districts. According to surveillance and case finding reports, total of 67 cases have so far been identified and of these, seven have been confirmed by laboratory tests within the month of July. The most affected age group are children under 1 year. All the five division of Kampala, as well as several suburbs in Wakiso district are affected.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Halima Athumani

KAMPALA, UGANDA — The Uganda Red Cross says it has begun registering Kenyans who have fled their country in anticipation of violence surrounding elections set for Tuesday. The Uganda Red Cross says it plans to set up receiving sites at the border towns of Busia and Tororo.

The Uganda Red Cross says it has received and seen a number of Kenyans who crossed the border, fearing for their safety.

Bob Akankwasa is its director of disaster risk management.

07 Aug 2017 description

Uganda among 23 countries that have achieved exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent

GENEVA/NEW YORK/KAMPALA, 7 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates.

04 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • 716,732 South Sudanese new arrivals since 8 July 2016
  • 272,206 South Sudanese refugees settled in Bidibidi
  • 174,469 South Sudanese refugees settled in Palorinya
  • 123,019 South Sudanese refugees settled in Imvepi

Population of concern

A total of 1,326,750 refugees and asylum-seekers, including 164,282 awaiting biometric registration) by end of July 2017.

Funding