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30 May 2015 description

CRS and local Caritas partners are working to help desperate refugees

Baltimore/Nairobi, May 28, 2015 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas are helping some of the nearly 90,000 refugees from Burundi, the majority women and children, who have spilled over the borders into neighboring Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo since violence erupted in their country in late April.

25 May 2015 description

Bukavu, RD Congo | AFP | lundi 25/05/2015 - 17:14 GMT

Les autorités congolaises laissent "pourrir la situation" dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo, écrivent plusieurs évêques catholiques de cette région déchirée par les conflits depuis plus de vingt ans dans un message reçu lundi par l'AFP.

25 May 2015 description

Communiqué

Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, 22 May 2015

24 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Asia and South Asia

Nepal Earthquake

21 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

ARUA, UGANDA— As the civil war in South Sudan rages on, more than 100,000 refugees have fled to camps in neighboring Uganda. The United Nations Children's Fund says $36 million is needed to meet these refugees' basic needs. Recently the European Commission donated $1 million, which to UNICEF is significant, but far from enough.

By now Akon Thiong knows how to prepare the nutritious Plumpy’Nut for her twin daughters. It’s a peanut-based product with extra nutrients for children who are severely malnourished.

20 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By MOSES K GAHIGI

IN SUMMARY

East Africa's rural poor remain underserved in terms of primary and secondary health care services despite continuous investment in the sector.

Besides national budget allocations, the health sector in East Africa has received extensive funding in form of aid and direct support from multinational development partners. Despite this, however, the region is still grappling with universal health service delivery deficits especially in the rural areas.

18 May 2015 description

Welsy Anena’s mother is convinced that orange sweet potato (OSP) saved her daughter’s life. Anena had been sickly since birth and at 18 months, she weighed just nine pounds. She had been in and out of hospitals so often that her mother braced herself for the worst.

But when her mother started feeding her OSP, everything changed. Since increasing her consumption of this nutrient-dense food, Anena has grown into a vivacious 30-pound three-year-old.

15 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTOPHER KIDANKA

Posted Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 15:49

IN SUMMARY

  • Mbeya Urban district in northern Tanzania was the best performer but Kenyan districts outperformed the region in overall assessment.

  • The report says most of Tanzanian districts fell in the middle ranks while Uganda districts consistently ranked near the bottom.

Just 20 per cent of children in third year of primary school in East Africa have acquired basic literacy and numeracy skills of standard two level, a survey has revealed.

13 May 2015 description
report World Vision

Flavia Lanyero

World Vision Global Week of Action ends with a call to government to end preventable deaths among mothers and children.

While delivering her speech, the World Vision Deputy National Director, Tinah Mukunda reminded parliamentarians, government leaders and representatives of civil society organisations that every day we lose mothers and children to diseases that are preventable like malaria, Pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition. She urged government to increase the budget allocation to the health sector.

13 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Last week, the government met the refugees and offered them Sh10,000 each and a further Sh50,000 per family.

  • They disagreed forcing the government to revise the figure to Sh100,000, which the refugees still rejected but later accepted.

  • Their chairman Edward Kimani protested against government pronouncement that it does not recognize the families as IDPs.

By RAPHAEL WANJALA

By PHYLIS MUSASIA

A major crisis is looming at Malaba refugee holding camp due to overpopulation.

12 May 2015 description
report ACMAD

Highlights

  • During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

  • Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August

11 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By IVAN OKUDA, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

08 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Nick Long

May 07, 2015 12:52 PM

BENI, DRC— The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has called for more cooperation with the Congolese army, after two peacekeepers were killed and 13 wounded in an ambush in Beni territory near the Ugandan border. The mission says the Ugandan Islamist ADF rebels are suspected of carrying out the attack, and has warned other groups against collaborating with terrorism.

The call follows two attacks on the mission in Beni territory this week.

07 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

KAMPALA, 07 May 2015 – Students from Makerere, Aalto and Helsinki Universities are developing innovations jointly with school children to address Water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) challenges in select schools in the Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda, under the UniWASH project.

07 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 6 May 2015 23:00 GMT

Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, May 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tackling an "epidemic" of sexual violence in Uganda, in which disabled women and girls are most vulnerable to abuse, and seeking justice for the victims are at the heart of a campaign launched by the rights group Equality Now on Thursday.

Read more on AlertNet.

06 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • One of the returnees, Ms Ruth Bilongo, said she was grateful to President Uhuru Kenyatta for restoring stability in Kenya.

  • The lucky ones who could still remember their relatives shouted in disbelief while others fiercely hugged each another on arrival.

  • Handing them over to Kenyan officials, Ugandan Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Minister Hilary Onek said the two governments must ensure violence-free countries.

By ALBERT TUMWINE

04 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY
A core objective of the project, being spearheaded by the Malaria Consortium under its Malaria Control Culture Programme is doubling the proportion of household members who sleep under a treated net from the current 35 per cent.

A new project in Uganda is banking on the use of treated bed nets, rapid diagnostic tests and community awareness to reduce the malaria burden in the country.

02 May 2015 description

Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

30 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

Kampala, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - The announced arrest in Tanzania of the leader of one of the longest-standing insurgencies in Africa’s Great Lakes region marks a step forward for justice and accountability but is unlikely to bring an end to the transnational network he leads.

30 Apr 2015 description
report Pulitzer Center

Joshua Bukenya was barely a week old when he started having convulsions in March, 2014. His worried parents took him to be prayed over at a church near their home in eastern Uganda's Buyende district. At first, it seemed to work, said his mother, Mera. But, with time, it became clear that the child's head was growing abnormally large. In November, his mother brought him to the CURE Children's Hospital in the city of Mbale for treatment.