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25 May 2016 description

Considerando que el virus de fiebre amarilla circula en varias zonas de la Región de las Américas y ante el actual brote de fiebre amarilla en países fuera de la Región, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud / Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS / OMS) recomienda a los Estados Miembros que mantengan la capacidad para detectar y confirmar casos de fiebre amarilla, brinden información actualizada y capaciten a los profesionales de salud para que puedan detectar y tratar adecuadamente los casos, en especial en las áreas conocidas de circulación del virus.

25 May 2016 description

The Great Lakes Region highlights the interconnected nature of conflict. This is particularly true for the four focus countries of the Great Lakes Project (GLP), namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. This interconnectedness forms the basis of the GLP’s regional approach.

Introduction

24 May 2016 description

Market Highlights

  • The US$/SSP exchange rates exhibited daily fluctuations for the better part of April 2016. The local currency gained slight ground against the USD in the intervening period of signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in the last two weeks of April, only to resume loosing trends thereafter and was exchanging at SSP 36-39/1$ in third week of May in the black market. The persistent shortage of dollars continued to dis-incentivize imports into the country during the reporting month.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Resourcing remains a serious concern for the refugee operation. If new funding is not secured soon, the operation is likely to face critical pipeline breaks in August 2016.

  • WFP is providing food assistance to about 430,000 refugees through food transfers and, increasingly, cash-based transfers.

24 May 2016 description

BUJUMBURA/GENEVA (24 May 2016) – The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

· Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires USD 117 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

· Deteriorating food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and the declining economic situation is affecting South Sudanese across the country.

24 May 2016 description

The Katakwi district branch of the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Friday carried out another humanitarian distribution, for just over 2000 people, in response to forecast flood-danger in the east of the country where seasonal rains are peaking.

They are part of the URCS forecast-based financing (FbF) programme supported by the German government and Red Cross, with technical support from the Climate Centre.

23 May 2016 description

56% Of refugees in Uganda are under the age of eighteen

120,208 Refugees and asylum-seekers living in Adjumani Refugee Settlement, Uganda’s largest settlement

2% Of refugees in Uganda are elderly (over the age of 60)

25,873 Refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Uganda in the first two months of 2016

Solutions Outlook

23 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The trend of Burundian new arrivals seeking safety, protection and assistance in Uganda continued to decrease this week. In Nakivale, a total of 35 new Burundian new arrivals were received at the settlement compared to 54 as previously reported. Of these 15 (all male) arrived through Katuna, 16 (11 Male and 5 Female) arrived through Mirama Hills and 4 (3 male and 1 Female) were received through Mutukula border. Majority of the new arrivals (21) walked to the reception centre while 14 were transported by AIRD from the borders.

20 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 15-21 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

20 May 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Angola late in December 2015 and confirmed by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January 2016. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

  • As of 19 May 2016, Angola has reported 2420 suspected cases of yellow fever with 298 deaths. Among those cases, 736 have been laboratory confirmed. Despite vaccination campaigns in Luanda, Huambo and Benguela provinces circulation of the virus in some districts persists.

20 May 2016 description

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Friday 5/20/2016 - 09:38 GMT

Gunmen in northern Uganda have abducted 20 villagers close to the border with South Sudan, Ugandan police said Friday, expressing fears they were captured by a militia from their war-torn neighbour.

The rare attack took place in the early hours of Tuesday in the Yumbe district of Uganda's northern West Nile region, which lies close to the porous border with South Sudan.