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30 May 2016 description

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Monday 5/30/2016 - 18:10 GMT |

A top commander of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army will go on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December charged with keeping sex slaves and recruiting child soldiers, among other crimes.

Dominic Ongwen, himself a former child soldier who became one of the most LRA's most feared leaders, is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity over his role in the group's reign of terror in northern Uganda between 2002 and 2005.

30 May 2016 description

Uganda has received a donation of Anti-malarial drugs worth 500,000 million US dollars from the Korean government and diagnostic support to the Uganda Cancer Institute and the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory services.

The donation comes in the wake of rising cases of cancer and malaria infections in the country.

The Korean foundation for international Health-care and the Korean National Cancer Centre has boosted Uganda’s campaign against Malaria and Cancer with a half million Dollars as part of the Korean government plan for Africa.

28 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28, aims to raise awareness of the fundamental role that MHM plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential in areas such as education.

27 May 2016 description
report African Union

Communiqué de presse

Addis Abéba, le 23 mai 2016 - La cinquième réunion ministérielle du Mécanisme conjoint de coordination (MCC) de l'Initiative de coopération régionale pour l'élimination de l'Armée de résistance du Seigneur (ICR-LRA) s’est tenue à Addis-Abeba le 20 mai 2016.

27 May 2016 description
report African Union

Press release

Addis Ababa, 23 May 2016 - The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Joint Coordination Mechanism (JCM) of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) took place in Addis Ababa on 20 May 2016.

26 May 2016 description
report Invisible Children

In recent weeks, our LRA Crisis Tracker team has gathered a series of reports through our Early Warning Network indicating the renewed presence of an LRA group within DR Congo’s Garamba National Park in eastern Congo. Garamba, one of Africa’s oldest national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been consistently targeted by the LRA in recent years, who have regularly conducted elephant poaching missions ordered by Joseph Kony, who then trades trafficked ivory tusks for weapons and other supplies.

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

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.

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.

19 May 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

NAPAK, Karamoja region, Uganda – In an attempt to plug the gap in midwives in Uganda to reduce maternal deaths and injuries, 90 new midwives trained with UNFPA’s support have been commissioned to work in hard-to-reach, under-served regions.

The commissioning ensures the midwives are deployed so that they put their skills to immediate use and don’t need to sit and wait for jobs, said UNFPA Country Representative Esperance Fundira.

19 May 2016 description

Key messages

  • The worsening humanitarian situation and the suffering of the people of South Sudan have reached unimaginable proportions. The country ranks second in the European Commission's Global Vulnerability and Crisis Assessment index (after the Central African Republic). South Sudan was the world's most fragile State in 2014 and 2015 (Fragile States index).

19 May 2016 description

This blog post was written by Jason Stearns and Yolande Bouka, the Co-Directors of Studies for the Rift Valley Institute’s Great Lakes Field Course, which will be taking place in Entebbe, Uganda from 11–17 June 2016. Jason and Yolande  will be joined by a team of regional and international specialists to explore the contemporary complexities of the region as well as the gamut of social, economic, political and security trends, drawing on deep history and local knowledge to inform debate and discussion.

18 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 17:21 GMT

By Kizito Makoye

DAR ES SALAAM, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drought-afflicted herders have been ordered to remove their cattle from Tanzania's national parks, where they had moved in a bid to find new food sources, the Tanzanian government said late on Monday.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

18 May 2016 description

By Wendy Okolo, and Kelvin Shikuku

The area of Nwoya district, Northern Uganda, was wracked by civil war for two decades. Today, the area is highly vulnerable to climate change, as farmers rely on low-productivity subsistence crops such as sesame, sorghum or beans. Increasing the resilience of communities and their food security – while also mitigating climate change – remains a challenge.

17 May 2016 description

Genève, Suisse | AFP | mardi 17/05/2016 - 16:18 GMT

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi la tenue d'une réunion de son comité d'urgence, le 19 mai, sur l'épidémie de fièvre jaune en Afrique qui a fait près de 300 morts depuis fin décembre.

Ce comité peut décider si l'épidémie constitue une urgence de santé publique de portée internationale, comme il l'a fait pour Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest ou Zika en Amérique latine.

17 May 2016 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Tuesday 5/17/2016 - 15:57 GMT

The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the yellow fever outbreak that has hit hardest in Angola but risks spreading further if vaccinations are not ramped up.

Such meetings from the UN agency are often held before the declaration of an international health emergency, as happened amid the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the current surge in neurological disorders linked to the spread of Zika virus in the Americas.

17 May 2016 description

KAMPALA – The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed an agreement to construct 10 community-level grain stores in 10 districts of Uganda over the next four months in an effort to address grain storage challenges nationally while enhancing small-scale farmers’ access to quality produce markets.

17 May 2016 description

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 17 May 2016 – Authorities in Uganda’s capital city are prioritising infrastructure development, climate-smart capital investment procedures and emissions reduction in order to strengthen the city’s resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and development partners have allocated significant funding to renovate roads, improve drainage infrastructure, enhance climate-resilient strategies and revamp mass public transport to cope with the stresses and disaster risks generated by rapid urbanisation.

14 May 2016 description
report Plan

Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters

Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.

Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.

Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.


13 May 2016 description

eHealth Policy Formulation

The World Health Organisation defines ehealth as the combined use of electronic Communication and information technology in the health sector.In practical terms e-health is the means of ensuring that the right health information is provided to the right person at the right place and time in a secure, electronic form to support the delivery of quality and effecient healthcare.