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31 Jul 2008 description

Introduction

"Where else in the world have there been 20,000 kidnapped children? Where else in the world have 90 per cent of the population in large districts been displaced? Where else in the world do children make up 80 per cent of the terrorist insurgency movement? (...) For me, the situation is a moral outrage... A much bigger international investment [is needed] - in money, in political engagement, in diplomacy and also more concerted efforts to tell the parties there is no military solution...

31 Jul 2008 description

Implications for HIV Responsive Policy and Programming

Paul Bukuluki, Firminus Mugumya, Stella Neema, Agatha Kafuko, and Eric Ochen

Introduction

Food and nutritional insecurity coexists with high HIV prevalence rates in war-affected communities in the north and northeastern regions of Uganda.

31 Jul 2008 description

The Regional Humanitarian Funding Update provides a quarterly overview of funding levels and trends in the 14 countries of the Central and East Africa region (CEA) based on data reported to the Financial Tracking System (FTS)

Highlights and Major Findings

- The Central and East African (CEA) region total Consolidated Appeals were only 46% funded by Mid-Year Review;

- Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) prioritization advances were made; and

- The Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) responded to the effects of rising food prices in the region.

I.

31 Jul 2008 description

News Release WHO/27

GENEVA/MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK, 31 July 2008 - As the world's leaders and AIDS community gather in Mexico for the biennial global conference on HIV and AIDS, UNITAID, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an infusion of $50 million aimed at halting mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Over the next two years, UNITAID funding will be used to test some 10 million pregnant women for HIV and treat 285 000 mothers and children in nine target countries: Central African Republic, China, Haiti, Lesotho, Myanmar, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda, …

31 Jul 2008 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS

- SUSTAINED CALM IN NORTHERN UGANDA PROMPTS UPDF WITHDRAWAL FROM IDP CAMPS

- LOW AND UNPREDICTABLE RAINFALL THREATENS FOOD SECURITY IN TESO

- HEPATITIS E OUTBREAK REMAINS UNCONTAINED, BUT STEADY DECLINE IN NUMBER OF NEW CASES

II.

31 Jul 2008 description

Les principales activités du HCR Burundi

1. Le rapatriement et la réintégration des réfugiés burundais.

2. Protection et assistance de 32 545* réfugiés et demandeurs d'asile, dont 20 228 Congolais installés dans les camps de Gihinga (Mwaro), de Gasorwe (Muyinga) et de Musasa (Ngozi), et 232 Rwandais dans le camp de Giharo (Rutana).

31 Jul 2008 description

UNHCR Burundi main operational activities

1. Repatriation and reintegration of Burundian refugees.

2. Assistance and protection of 32,545* refugees and asylum seekers, including 20,228 Congolese living in Gihinga (Mwaro), Gasorwe (Muyinga), Musasa (Ngozi) refugee camps, and 232 Rwandans living in Giharo (Rutana) refugee camp.

31 Jul 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations



Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

As of July 2008, WFP requires 5 million metric tonnes for the current year to meet the needs of over 83 million beneficiaries among the world's neediest people in more than 80 countries.

30 Jul 2008 description

LRA "letter" says peace negotiations could collapse if new demands aren't met.

By Rosebell Kagumire in Kampala and Peter Eichstaedt in The Hague (AR No.

30 Jul 2008 description
report IRIN

KAMPALA, 30 July 2008 (IRIN) - More than a million people are at risk of starvation in Uganda's semi-arid and remote northeastern regions and over 40,000 children are suffering acute to moderate malnutrition, a government official said.

Musa Ecweru, Uganda's state minister in charge of refugees and disaster preparedness, said prolonged dry conditions after flooding in the region last year had led to a 90 percent crop failure. Plants had failed to germinate under very hot conditions.

"We had expected a problem after the floods that attacked the very survival of the …

30 Jul 2008 description

AFGHANISTAN: Satellite imagery of northern Afghanistan indicates that the ongoing drought is the most severe since 2000. Coupled with high food prices and ongoing conflict, this has contributed to deteriorating food security. The Afghan government and the United Nations have jointly appealed for USD 400 million to address emergency needs. Funding the food security component of this appeal is essential to prevent a humanitarian crisis.

EAST AFRICA: Below-normal March-May rains, crop failure, and high prices threaten food security in much of East Africa.

30 Jul 2008 description
report Monitor-Uganda

Hudson Apunyo

Lira - Four hundred families in Barlonyo village last week received a donation of clothing, blankets and washing soap from a British charity organisation World Emergency Relief.

World Emergency Relief (WER) Programme Manager Jeremy Horner flew in from Britain last week to witness the distribution. Seven villages benefited from the donation.

WER has been working in partnership with All Nations Christian Care to assist victims of the insurgency in northern Uganda and southern Sudan.

WER works with 22 partners in 17 countries.

"We collect these …

29 Jul 2008 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Editorial

The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement once again celebrated the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Day 2008. In Uganda, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) climaxed the celebrations in Tororo branch under the theme, "You & I in partnership to serve the most vulnerable."

The 2008 theme was chosen at the time the National Society is using all avenues to sustain and create new partnership with the local community.

29 Jul 2008 description
report Uganda Red Cross

SECOND QUARTER REPORT 2008

Introduction

HIV/AIDS and GBV preventive activities are one of the components of the department of Disaster Management whose objective is to increase knowledge, attitude and practice of HIV/AIDS prevention.

The goal of these activities is to contribute towards meeting priority humanitarian needs of IDPs and to the successful return and recovery needs for the conflict affected communities in North and north eastern Uganda.

This activity report covers the implementation period from April to June of HIV/AIDS and GBV activities in Usuk Sub …

28 Jul 2008 description
report Monitor-Uganda

Joseph Malinga

Kumi - A poor harvest in Teso has the region worried that famine will soon strike. Almost all crops have failed due to delayed rains, authorities say.

"We are not going to get the expected harvest because of the long dry spell that hit almost all the plantations. The situation is not the best and it leaves us with nothing but with looming hunger. It is not only us here (Kumi) but the problem seems to cut across the whole of Teso," the Chief Administration Officer, Mr Sulaiman Kasozi, said on Tuesday.

26 Jul 2008 description

by Lucie Peytermann

NAIROBI, July 26, 2008 (AFP) - More than 14 million people across east Africa are facing a humanitarian disaster because of a "lethal mix" of soaring food prices, drought and conflict, aid agencies say.

"The situation in the region is of extreme concern," Peter Smerdon, spokesman for the World Food Programme in Nairobi, told AFP Friday.

"Rising food prices on top of drought this year means that more and more people than in previous years are falling over the edge into destitution," he said.

His comments echo …

25 Jul 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.

25 Jul 2008 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Jul 25, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The Uganda People's Defense Force has killed eight Sudanese warriors who crossed into the northeastern part of the country trafficking guns, a military spokesman has said.

Capt.

25 Jul 2008 description
report IRIN

GULU, 25 July 2008 (IRIN) - Ray Apire fought for the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) for 10 years, rising to the position of major and commander, until he surrendered in 2004.

24 Jul 2008 description
report EARS

SUMMARY

Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face considerably reduced yields of respectively -17%, -8% and -7% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Smaller decreases (-5%) are predicted for Rwanda and south Uganda. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level maize outputs may be close to average (-1%).