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26 Nov 2014 description

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has more than 3,300 local staff and 350 international staff working in South Sudan. MSF is also running programmes to provide healthcare to the South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries as part of its response to the humanitarian crisis.

25 Nov 2014 description

24 November – Uganda: Over 40,000 refugees from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo who have fled conflict in their countries to neighbouring Uganda, are in dire need of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. SPRINT will provide with USD 39,220 for life-saving SRH aid to refugees in Uganda.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Sam Olukoya

LAGOS, Nigeria, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children.

“The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children,” Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth’s Future Savers Initiative, told IPS.

25 Nov 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

An uncoordinated response to HIV/Aids and lack of sustained care are the reasons the prevalence rates remain high among fishing communities in Uganda.

25 Nov 2014 description

IFAD invests in rural communities to create vibrant rural economy

Rome, 24 November 2014 – Today the government of the Republic of Uganda and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a US$29 million loan agreement to finance the Project for Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (PROFIRA). This project aims to sustainably increase access to and use of financial services by rural populations in Uganda.

24 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

NEW YORK CITY, November 21, 2014 - A major new partnership between the World Bank Group and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will work to spur a transition to clean cooking for 100 million households, which still use inefficient cookstoves and solid fuels for cooking.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Invisible Children

On the morning of November 21st, a 30-year-old South Sudanese man returned from LRA captivity with a 16-year-old Central African girl in Obo, Central African Republic (CAR). The young girl was reportedly abducted three years ago in Bakouma, CAR while the man was abducted near Juba, South Sudan.

21 Nov 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 5,420 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. One person in Spain and three people in the USA have recovered; one person in the USA has died. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

21 Nov 2014 description

Uganda has one of the biggest youth populations in the world. More than 75 percent of the country’s population is under 30 years of age, and among those 18-30 there is widespread poverty and unemployment.

Many of these young adults have limited interest in pursuing careers in the agriculture sector because they see agriculture as a subsistence livelihood or lack the agribusiness skills, finance and market awareness to make agriculture profitable.

17 Nov 2014 description

Washington D.C., November 17, 2014 – In time for Thanksgiving, this year’s crop in the White House kitchen garden for the first time included orange sweet potato, a root vegetable that is rich in vitamin A. The sweet potato was chosen to highlight its role in improving the nutrition and health of millions of children and women throughout Sub-Saharan Africa by providing this essential nutrient.

13 Nov 2014 description

Disease outbreak news
13 November 2014

On 11 November 2014, the Government of Uganda declared that Uganda was free of the Marburg virus. This declaration was made at the National Media Centre by the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi.

11 Nov 2014 description

IOM, Uganda’s Ministry of Health, UNAIDS and the Uganda AIDS Commission last week organized a national consultative meeting on HIV/AIDS response in the country’s fishing communities.

Among the 7.3 per cent of Ugandans between 15 and 49 who are HIV positive, fishing communities have the highest HIV rates at three to five times above the national average. HIV rates among fishermen, 90 per cent of whom are migrants, according to a 2013 IOM study, range from 22 to 40 per cent.

11 Nov 2014 description

Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi Minister of State for Health – Primary Health Care

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

P. O. BOX 7272,

KAMPALA - UGANDA

10 Nov 2014 description

The IFRC’s project on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in emergencies is well underway. Menstrual hygiene in emergency situations continues to be a great concern; although it is often overlooked and not addressed adequately. Though sanitary pads are not considered a life-saving item, they play a crucial role around important issues such as dignity, hygiene and health, education, protection and security of women and adolescent girls in emergencies.

08 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11635

At its 50th meeting, on 19 September 2014, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict agreed, in connection with the examination of the fifth report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2014/453), to address the following message through a public statement issued by the Chair of the Working Group:

07 Nov 2014 description
report UN Population Fund

About 4.9 million people are in need humanitarian assistance in South Sudan, among them 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). An estimated 140,000 pregnancies have been projected each year. To date, UNFPA South Sudan has reached 2.8 million people with reproductive health services, 700,000 of them women of reproductive age.

07 Nov 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI

IN SUMMARY

  • The centre will be a 24-hour, 7-days a week central facility for early warning, disaster and climate modelling and forecasting, emergency response and recovery co-ordination, and disaster information.

  • The centre is equipped with the latest digital communications technology. It also has a mobile command and control truck and rapid assessment and response vehicles.

06 Nov 2014 description

Kampala, Ouganda | AFP | Thursday 11/6/2014 - 14:37 GMT

ADDS HRW REAX

Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army said Thursday.

The action comes in the wake of a damning report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which accused troops with the internationally-funded African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, of preying on vulnerable women and girls.

05 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Inadequate Investigations, Unfair Trials, Irregular Amnesties

(Nairobi) – The government response to deadly ethnic violence and reprisals in the Rwenzori region of western Uganda in July 2014 has been inadequate. The government should arrange for a credible independent investigation to examine the circumstances of the initial attacks, the subsequent response – including the possible involvement of government forces in reprisal attacks and torture, and the adequacy of protection for civilians in the following days.

04 Nov 2014 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Tuesday 11/4/2014 - 13:25 GMT

The Congolese army on Tuesday clashed for a second day with suspected Ugandan rebels blamed for recent massacres in the country's volatile east, civil society and UN sources told AFP.

The battles broke out on Monday when troops attacked rebels who were thought to be organising another possible assault on the large town of Beni in the North Kivu province.