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09 May 2017 description
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Highlights

  • Bidibidi settlement, which is now the largest refugee settlement in Africa, is home to over 157,000 children from South Sudan who have arrived since the 2016 July crisis. Other new South Sudanese refugee arrivals are settled in Palorinya (148,381), Rhino (86,770), Imvepi (55,778) and Lamwo (5,738).

  • Cholera preparedness and response is expected to benefit from new Ministry of Health National guidelines for the prevention of Cholera and administration of the oral cholera vaccine (OCV).

07 Apr 2017 description

KAMPALA – Four agencies from the United Nations Network for Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) today congratulated Uganda for reducing the rate of stunting among its young children from 33 percent in 2011 to 29 percent in 2016.

Citing results of the newly published Demographic and Health Survey 2016, the agencies particularly noted the gains made in the poorest region, Karamoja, where the stunting rate fell from 45 percent in 2011 to 35.2 percent in 2016.

29 Mar 2017 description

MOROTO, 30 March 2017 – The Irish Government has provided €7.2 million – about Ush 27.5 billion - to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Ministry of Education and Sports to improve quality education for the most vulnerable children and adolescent girls across the Karamoja region.

16 Mar 2017 description
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Highlights

· The arrival rate for South Sudanese refugees into Uganda is still high at almost 2,000 per day.

· Women and children fleeing conflict from South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi are in desperate need of critical health services, clean water, education, and support to help them deal with the extreme stress they have experienced. However, UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal is only 6 per cent funded to date.

15 Mar 2017 description

Since December 2013, South Sudan has been the scene of an on-going conflict between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar. In July 2016, armed fighting escalated and ethnic tensions rose drastically amid a sharply deteriorating food security situation, triggering an increasing number of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

16 Feb 2017 description
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Highlights

• Uganda is host to over 900,393 refugees and asylum seekers originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

• Women and children fleeing conflict from South Sudan, DRC and Burundi are in desperate need of critical health services, clean water, education, and support to help them deal with the extreme stress they have experienced.

14 Feb 2017 description

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies

Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.

Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

11 Jan 2017 description
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One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded has affected more than 51 million people and placed more than 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in 10 countries in the region.1 In 2016, more than 1 million children were targeted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM),2 and water shortages, protection concerns and the deterioration of basic social services remain key concerns.

09 Jan 2017 description
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Total people in need: 2.4 million

Total children (<18) in need: 1.5 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 1.5 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 1 million

09 Jan 2017 description
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Total people in need: 432,430

Total children (<18) in need: 244,560

Total people to be reached in 2017: 352,820

Total children to be reached in 2017: 225,450

06 Jan 2017 description
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Highlights

  • Uganda is host to over 589,573 South Sudan refugees and asylum seekers since 2014; out of which 64% are children.

  • 130,915 South Sudanese children aged 6 to 59 months have been vaccinated against Polio since January 2016.

  • This year, 3,341 (1,475 boys and 1,866 girls) children born to refugee parents from South Sudan have been registered through the National Mobile Vital Recording system (MVRS). This ensures their right to identity and is a gateway to access services where identification documents are required.

30 Dec 2016 description
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The cycle of violence and unrest that Burundi has been experiencing since April 2015 has become protracted. An estimated 110,000 people are displaced and 325,000 have fled to neighbouring countries.1 Communities are experiencing the erosion of coping mechanisms, with chronically high levels of food and nutrition insecurity, as well as recurring flooding and displacement. The protection crisis is disproportionately affecting children, who make up approximately half of Burundi’s population.

17 Dec 2016 description
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KAMPALA, 16 December 2016 – The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through the Swedish Embassy in Kampala has contributed 35 million krona - about 4 million US dollars - to support maternal, newborn and child health programmes in Uganda’s West Nile region.

The support is expected to reach an estimated 135,000 pregnant women and over 300,000 children with key health interventions.

09 Dec 2016 description
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Highlights

  • 718,466 (80 per cent) of the total 898,082 refugees and asylum seekers registered in Uganda as of October 2016 are women and children originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda.

  • From January to November 2016, 23,680 children born to refugee parents in Uganda have had their birth registered using the Mobile Vital Recording System (MVRS). This ensures their right to identity and is a gateway to access services where identification documents are required.

24 Nov 2016 description

JOINT PRESS RELEASE - KAMPALA, 22 November, 2016

The Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development together with UNICEF today released a report making a case for sustained investment in social protection in the country.

21 Nov 2016 description

Executive Summary

1.1 Food security situation

Overall food security classification shows that half of the population in Karamoja (50%) is food insecure, of which 12% were found to be severely food insecure. While these findings suggest a marginal increase in food insecurity at regional (Karamoja) level since June 2015, there were marked district level variations:

  • Significant deterioration in Kaabong, Kotido, Napak & Abim districts;

  • Marked improvement in Moroto & Nakapiripirit districts;