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Ministry of Health, Red Cross in massive immunization of South Sudanese children

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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

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.

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URCS trains 100 village health teams to fight Hepatitis E in Napak

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Written by Willie Brens Wambedde

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.

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URCS treats, pumps clean water for Congolese refugees in Koboko

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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

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.

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Red Cross provides phone services to South Sudan refugees

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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.

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Fleeing to safety in Uganda from Congo: A refugee’s story

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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.

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Government and humanitarian agencies in joint assessment of South Sudan refugees

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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

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.

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World Toilet Day: URCS distributes latrine digging kits in Kotido and Kaabong

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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.

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Thousands of Congolese refugees cross into Uganda through Koboko

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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.

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Uganda Red Cross voted best humanitarian agency

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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.

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Hailstorms destroy hundreds of homes in Mubende

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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

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Uganda Red Cross restructured

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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has undergone restructuring in a bid to better serve the most vulnerable people in the country.

As part of the Mid Term Review of its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, URCS has re-committed itself to strengthening its operations countrywide and remaining the leading humanitarian agency in the country.

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Hailstorms cause havoc in Isingiro, Western Uganda

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Written by Willie Brens Wambedde

Monday, 23 September 2013 06:55

More than 800 households were rendered homeless after a strong hailstorm struck Bugamba Sub County, Rwampara County, Isingiro district.

Assessment reports from Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Mbarara region indicate that several houses, 2 churches, a school and gardens of plantations were severely affected.

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Bududa 2010 landslide victims get safe water

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Written by Willie Brens Wambedde

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).

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Uganda Red Cross promotes agriculture in Karamoja

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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.

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Reducing Community risks project lightens up communities

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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.

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Moroto branch in condom promotion

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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:21

Moroto branch has boosted condom promotion as one of the ways to fight HIV/Aids transmission, other sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

In the fight against this, the branch identified key members in the Moroto boda boda association through whom condoms are distributed to far places.

The motorcyclists also play a great role in refilling the condom distribution boxes that were put up in various strategic locations to enable the community pick them with ease.

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URCS delivers relief for Bududa landslides victims

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It all started as a drizzle on 9 November and kept increasing in intensity, for more than 24 hours after a hailstorm ravaged resulting into a landslide and left four parishes in ruins.

A vast acreage of food crops and several houses were destroyed leaving 4 parishes (1845 Households) of Bushiyi Sub County in Bududa district Eastern Uganda with barely anything to count of.

The affected parishes are Neboshe(353 Households), Namirumba(446 Households ),Matuwa(466Households) and Bushiyi (580 Households) whose households have been displaced.

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Red Cross distributes food to households hit by Nodding Syndrome

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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.

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URCS, American Red Cross launch cash transfer programme in emergencies

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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.

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Government and partners intensify relief efforts for Congolese refugees

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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.