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25 Aug 2016 description

The Republic of Uganda

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Office of the Director General Health Services - Public Relations Unit Director General's Office: 256-414-340872 Fax: 256-41-4231584 dg@health.go.ug/vivianserwanjja@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE

MEASLES OUTBREAK ALERT

25 Aug 2016 description

Kampala-24/08/16 - The Ministry of Health launched the Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA) at the Ministry headquarters. The nationwide household survey will help in estimating HIV incidence,prevalence and viral load suppression among adults and children and provide accurate national and regional level data on the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country and will be used in planning for the response to the epidemic.

24 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 2,700 people have fled to Uganda over the past two days, 1,386 on Monday and 1,314 on Sunday.

 Oraba continues to be the main border crossing point, and is now receiving nearly twice as many new arrivals on a daily basis than Elegu. This reflects the fact that most people arriving in Uganda in recent days are fleeing from Central Equatoria.

23 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• On World Humanitarian Day, humanitarian community pays tribute to 59 aid workers killed in South Sudan since December 2013.

• Armed clashes and ambushes prevent humanitarians from reaching displaced people in Greater Equatoria.

• Humanitarian organizations strive to meet growing needs as the number of internally displaced people increases in Wau town.

• Intermittent fighting has forced thousands of people to flee their homes in central and southern Unity.

23 Aug 2016 description

Anna Heard and Annette N. Brown

23 Aug 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

94,693\*
South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports (as of 14 Aug)

947,383\*
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 14 Aug (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)

973,000
Total South Sudanese expected by 31 December 2016 (RRP Planning Figure)

259,796
Refugees in South Sudan

1.61 M
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan

FUNDING (as of 02 August)

23 Aug 2016 description

Executive Summary

1.1 Food security situation

Overall food security classification shows that half of the population in Karamoja (50%) is food insecure, of which 12% were found to be severely food insecure. While these findings suggest a marginal increase in food insecurity at regional (Karamoja) level since June 2015, there were marked district level variations:

  • Significant deterioration in Kaabong, Kotido, Napak & Abim districts;

  • Marked improvement in Moroto & Nakapiripirit districts;

23 Aug 2016 description

This issue focuses on the Yellow fever, Cholera, Zika Virus Disease and Chikungunya outbreaks.

During the period under review, there have been protracted urban Yellow Fever (YF) outbreaks in Angola that have spread to the neighboring DR Congo and there have been exported cases to China and Kenya. Another outbreak of Yellow Fever was reported in Uganda but was not epidemiologically linked to the Angola or DR Congo outbreaks. The Uganda YF outbreak was rapidly and effectively contained.

23 Aug 2016 description

Overwhelmed aid agencies in Uganda are armed with insufficient resources to respond to South Sudanese refugees spilling across the border, after renewed violence pushed over 85,000 people into Uganda’s West Nile region since July.

23 Aug 2016 description

272.1 M required for 2016 including special situations
72.3 M contributions received, representing 27% of requirements
199.8 M overall funding gap for Uganda

22 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 3,405 people have fled to Uganda over the past four days, 1,447 on Thursday, 683 on Friday, 389 on Saturday and 886 on Sunday.

 6,734 people crossed in to Uganda last week, compared with 8,403 and 17,369 in the week starting 8 August and 1 August respectively.

22 Aug 2016 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross Volunteers on June 26th braved the night, cold and bloody boarder of Nimule – Connecting Uganda to South Sudan in rescue of refugees fleeing uncertainty when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan forcing thousands of people to flee to Uganda. The situation has since been tense and alarming. Hundreds of lives have been claimed in the fights and many more rescued because of the presence of Humanitarian support from key players like Uganda Red Cross.

21 Aug 2016 description

In Numbers

  • 1.61 million internally displaced people (OCHA estimates)

  • 751,397 South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR estimates)

  • 169,418 people seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS estimates)

  • 4.8 million people in emergency or crisis level food insecurity

Highlights

  • Inflation rate hits historic high of 661.3% year-on-year

  • Airdrops out of Ethiopia commence, accelerating the pace of deliveries to Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal

20 Aug 2016 description
report Guardian

Anna Patton

The country’s unusual open policy gives refugees land, education and a chance to work – but instability in neighbouring nations is putting pressure on resources

When they fled to Kampala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2008, Robert Hakiza’s family had food for two months. “The third month was a disaster,” he says. By May, though, his mother and two sisters were out making money. “My sister started selling necklaces,” he says. “At one point, she was keeping the entire family of eight.”

20 Aug 2016 description
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Above-average rains remain favorable to cropping in northern areas, but flooding risks remain

KEY MESSAGES

  • Total rainfall since mid-July has been above average in most northern areas of East Africa, including most of Sudan, western and northern Ethiopia, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Yemen, and is contributing to mostly favorable cropping and rangeland conditions.

19 Aug 2016 description

Traditional rules of warfare, the conduct of hostilities, and the categories of people and objects protected during war were among the issues discussed at a round table for academics that concluded this week in Nairobi, Kenya.

The discussion, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), sought to engage participants on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), a set of rules that seek to limit the effects of armed conflict as well identify best practices in teaching the subject in institutions of higher learning.