The exercise supported by Uganda Red Cross Society is conducted at the camp where health teams and Red Cross medical volunteers immunize between 800-900 children on a daily basis.
URCS Under Secretary General Dr. Bildard Baguma who was on a monitoring visit to refugee operations in West Nile said the aim of immunization is to avert any disease outbreak among the children given the history of Polio in South Sudan.
The National Task Force (NTC) on Hepatitis E which includes Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and authorities from the affected districts of Napak, Moroto and Nakapiripirit have come up with a plan of action tailored towards a total stamp out of Hepatitis E.
This was done in a 7-day joint assessment of the all affected and neighboring districts which included Amudat, Nakapririti, Napak, Moroto, Amuria, Katakwi, Kaabong and Kotido.
50 year old Aluga carries a jerrycan of water on her head. She has just collected it from a Uganda Red Cross Society tank installed at Waju 1 refugee camp in Koboko district. Aluga is among the 2, 500 Congolese refugees at the camp. She has been here for the last 3 months.
She narrates how she fled her country in November and briefly returned back to harvest crops but that was short lived when fighting resumed. All she thought of is running back to Uganda for safety.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:19
Uganda Red Cross Society is providing phone call services to South Sudan refugees who want to contact their relatives and families back home. Three phones operated by URCS tracing assistant that have been deployed in the camp.
According to Olive Twikirize, URCS Tracing Assistant managing the phone service, a total of 245 refugees with phone numbers have approached the Red Cross tracing desk in Dzaipi Transit Camp to make phone calls in South Sudan.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi
Thursday, 16 January 2014 17:25
By Chanelle Corena, Danish Red Cross Society
For close to one year, men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been pouring over the border into neighbouring Uganda, hoping to escape the ongoing violence plaguing the eastern regions of DRC.
Thousands have arrived at the Nyakabande refugee transit camp in Kisoro district, where they receive shelter, food and other basic necessities from the Uganda Red Cross Society.
The Government and humanitarian agencies are in a joint inter-agency rapid assessment of the South Sudan Population Movement. This was reached at during an inter-agency stakeholder coordination meeting chaired by the Office of Prime Minister.
The agencies to participate in the two day assessment that kicks off on Sunday (January 5) are Uganda Red Cross Society, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, LWF, HIJIRA, MTI, MSF, DRC, Inter-Aid among others.
In a move to improve and boost hygiene and sanitation in Kotido and Kaabong districts, Uganda Red Cross Society supported the sub counties of Nakapelimoru –Kotido, Loyoro and Lodiko in Kaabong with latrine digging kits.
This comes after the vigorous work done by the Red Cross through Kotido branch towards improving hygiene and sanitation of the communities of Kotido and Kaabong. Kotido and Kaabong have in the previous times been prone to hygiene and sanitation related diseases resulting from low latrine usage and poor habitual hand washing.
An estimated 10,000 refugees have crossed into Koboko district from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Partners working with Office of Prime minister that include Uganda Red Cross, Koboko District authorities, UNHCR, among others on Monday met in Koboko to discuss the fate of the refugees.
According to URCS Arua Branch Manager Yona Ukoku, the teams conducted a joint assessment and visited two areas which will act as transit centres for the refuges. The areas are Lolo, formerly used by BAT tobacco buying centre but currently empty and Midia Youth Centre.
The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has been voted the best humanitarian agency in the country. Rt. Hon Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was guest of honour at the awards gala on Friday.
Public Opinion conducted a countrywide survey where Ugandans voted URCS for its contribution towards the attainment UN Millennium Development Goals. The Red Cross award was received by the Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka who was accompanied by Under Secretary Generals Dr. Bildard Baguma, Richard Amadro and other Directors.
Following a heavy down pour, over 188 households in Madudu Sub County Mubende District were partially destroyed. The rains characterised by hailstorms destory about 48 households completely.
Teddy Nalubega, Uganda Red Cross Society Mityana branch focal person says the most affected villages include Kabale, Kijaguzo, Bombo, Kasokoso and Kasana. The Red Cross teams in Mubende and Mityana conducted an assessment that was shared with the headquarters ahead of intervention
It was time for joy, jubilation and gratitude during the commissioning of a water project at Panyandoli Hills Primary School in Panyandoli Sub county, Kiryandongo district for the 2010 Bududa landslide victims.
The 6 months water project that saw the construction of 10 boreholes was funded by the proceeds of the November 2012 Kampala Marathon organized by MTN a telecommunication company in partnership with Uganda Red Cross Society. (URCS).
Kotido-Karamoja region was once a dreaded place as marauding Karimajong cattle rustlers wreaked havoc on the unsuspecting communities.
But with the now completed Uganda Peoples Defence Forces disarmament programme, where most of the notorious gun wielding communities have surrendered their guns, this fertile region is now blossoming with agricultural produce.
The once frightened locals are now back to their gardens and their efforts can clearly be seen with well tended gardens of sorghum, millet, beans, Sim- sim rice, ground nuts and potatoes.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi
Saturday, 24 August 2013 13:43
By Willie Brens Wambedde Communications & PR Volunteer
Disaster Risk Reduction interventions under the Reducing Community Risks and Strengthening Disaster Response (RRSR) program has helped spur communities to another level according to the beneficiaries of the project. RRSR is funded by DFID through British Red Cross. Amina Namondo, the chairperson Manafwa community managed disaster risk reduction group in Budada district does not hide her joy when speaking about the program.
By Mikkel Danielsen-Danish journalist who is in Uganda to document Danish Red Cross Youth funded activities
The mysterious Nodding Syndrome has hit many children in districts of northern Uganda, leaving families in tragedy. Lamwo is one of the districts worse affected. Here volunteers from Uganda Red Cross Society Kitgum Branch are helping by distributing food, supplied by the Office of Prime Minister.
In April this year, heavy rains accompanied by hail storms destroyed houses, crops and other livelihood for the people in Namabasa, Nakaloke sub-county in Mbale district. Fatina Nachuka, 83, a blind widow lost her house besides property and crops worthy millions of shillings and had no other alternative but to shift to her neighbor Salima Sabano for shelter.
Government and partners are intensifying efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to over 16, 666 Congolese refugees registered at Bubukwanga Transit Camp in Bundibugyo.
The Office of Prime Minister and UNHCR are coordinating the setting up and management of the camp. Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) was tasked to be in charge of the camp.
A URCS refugee influx response report on July 25 indicates that 16 agencies are supporting government in provision of humanitarian assistance to the refugees. 46 communal shelters have been set up at the camp.