• 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The civil unrest in Burundi has led to an outflow of over 210,000 refugees (as of 31 October 2015) to neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania, and as far away as Uganda and Zambia. It started in Bujumbura in April 2015, with a peak in June, ahead of the contested Presidential election that took place on 21 July 2015. Since then, a tense political crisis and a climate of fear and intimidation have spread throughout the country.
Uganda is host to over 665,040 refugees and asylum seekers originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda.
Over 153,000 children have received deworming and Vitamin A supplementation in the refugee districts of Arua, Adjumani, Kiryandongo, Yumbe, Koboko, Isingiro and Kyegeggwa since July 2016.
Since July, over 40,600 children have been screened for malnutrition in 5 refugee districts with 559 children found to be severe acutely malnourished.
Every child has the right to a fair chance in life. Leaving no child behind is both a moral imperative and a strategic priority for the development of inclusive, sustainable and stable societies everywhere. In 2015, UNICEF worked with partners around the world to make that fair chance a reality.
By Caroline Utz
UNICEF and partners are a step closer to building peace, Eran Nagan, of the Government of the Netherlands said at a high-level event on education and peacebuilding in New York.
51 Water User Committees were formed in Maaji, Ayilo II, Olua I & II and Oliji settlements to improve operation & maintenance of water points serving a total of 27,387 people, mostly refugees from South Sudan in June, 2016.
Over 5,200 children were immunized against Polio and Measles in Rhino Camp Refugee settlement, Arua District in June 2016.
1.1 Executive summary
More than a third of the population in urgent need of food, agriculture and nutrition assistance amid risk of catastrophe in some parts of the country
Joint FAO-UNICEF-WFP News Release
29 June 2016, Juba - Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan - well over one-third of the population - will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned today.
Go Back to School (GBS) campaigns have started in the eight sub counties of Arua and seven sub counties of Adjumani in preparation for second term which starts early June 2016.
UNICEF supported the installation of six solar suitcases in six health facilities in transit as well as refugee settlements in Isingiro district to provide sufficient lighting in the operation theatre, delivery rooms and maternity wards.
22,376 refugee children in Nakivale and Oruchinga settlements were reached through the UNICEF, District Local Government and Ministry of Health supported vaccination campaigns.
1,645 ECD going children have benefited from the construction of 12 ECD classroom blocks, with support from UNICEF in Nakivale, the Burundi hosting refugee settlement.
As of 28th January, 2016, UNICEF and partners have supported over 180,585 Sudanese in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013. The majority of South Sudan Refugees are hosted in Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo and Kampala with an arrival trend of 50 individuals per day in the first three days of January 2016 then shot up peaking on January 7-8 with over 700 daily arrivals.
According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 20,136 refugees have been received in Uganda since November 2014 and 47 per cent of them are children under the age of years. The period 14th – 24 th January 2016 saw the entry of a total of 601 new Burundian refugees compared to 390 refugees in the last week of January 8-13,and 151 in the previous week January 1st -7 th before that showing an increase in trends.
Total affected population: 280,000
Total affected children (under 18): 151,200
Total people to be reached in 2016: 165,120
Total children to be reached in 2016: 104,500
2016 programme targets
According to reports from the Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), a total of 17,645 refugees have been received in Uganda since November 2014 and 49 per cent of them are children under the age of 18 years. The period 18th to 24th December, 2015 saw the entry of 464 new refugees.
Situation in Numbers
Refugees & Asylum Seekers in Uganda
112,741 of South Sudanese children affected (OPM December 16, 2015)
173,447 of affected South Sudanese people (OPM December 16, 2015)
149,164 of affected South Sudanese women & children (OPM December 16, 2015)
511,867 of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda (OPM December 16, 2015)
UNICEF Appeal 2015