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South Sudan + 3 others
South Sudan crisis being met by silence, ACT Ethiopia says

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ACT Alliance

The humanitarian crisis stemming from widespread fighting in South Sudan is rapidly becoming a regional issue but is failing to get the attention it deserves, ACT members working in neighbouring Ethiopia say.

All 11 members in Ethiopia say the growing emergency needs greater awareness in the international community and more funding for relief aid.

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World + 14 others
Field Exchange No. 47 (April 2014)

• Milling vouchers in South Sudan

• IYCF indicators in small sample surveys

• Surge support to CMAM services in Kenya

• Goat feeding and milk access in Ethiopia

• Nutrition impact and positive practice circles

• Sectoral integration with cash programming

• Barrier analysis on breastfeeding in Mali

• Material support to health posts in Ethiopia

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Emergency Situation UNHCR External Regional Update 10, 7 – 11 April 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOUTH SUDAN: The crisis has led to a severe deterioration in the food security situation and around 3.7 million people are now at high risk of food insecurity.
    UNHCR and partners are very concerned about the food and nutrition situation, especially for the over 126,000 Sudanese refugees living in Maban, Upper Nile State.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 1 - 31 March 2014

Highlights

  • North Kivu : 251 Congolese refugees returning from Kyangwandi camp in Uganda died in a boat accident on 22 March on Lake Edward. According to authorities in Goma there were 89 children among the dead. The refugees were returning to Beni Territory where fighting between FARDC and ADF-Nalu had forced them to flee in 2013.

  • South Kivu: Around 1,000 households from Ndese and Byangama in Shabunda Territory displaced in the bush following clashes between two fac-tions of Raia Mutomboki armed group.

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda Humanitarian Situation Report, 7 April 2014

Uganda has registered more than 96,000 South Sudanese refugees, just shy of the contingency planning figure of 100,000. Only 18% of the required funding has been received.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Emergency Situation UNHCR External Regional Update 9, 24 March - 4 April 2014

Highlights

  • 88,584 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia (as of 03 April)

  • 31,240 South Sudanese refugees in Kenya (as of 03 April)

  • 61,889 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan (as of 03 April)

  • 93,980 South Sudanese refugees in Uganda (as of 03 April)

  • 803,200 IDPs since 15 December 2013 (as of 03 April)

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Uganda arrests U.S.-funded health project staffer over gay law

  • Staffer released but investigation continues -police

  • Project suspended after staffer detained

  • West and World Bank withhold aid worth $118 million (Adds U.S. comments, paragraphs 7-8)

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, April 4 (Reuters) - A U.S.-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state.

Reuters - AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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World + 9 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 4 April 2014, vol. 89, 14 (pp. 141–152) [EN/FR]

Contents

141 Progress towards measles pre-elimination, African Region, 2011-2012
151 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- February 2014

Sommaire

141 Progrès en vue de la préélimination de la rougeole dans la Région africaine 2011-2012
151 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-février 2014

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Uganda + 1 other
American Red Cross Helps People Fleeing Violence in South Sudan

Armed fighting, which began in South Sudan’s capital of Juba in mid-December, quickly spread to other parts of the country, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced and seeking safety in neighboring countries. A cessation of hostilities agreement was signed in January by both parties to the conflict, however, fighting continues.

Hundreds of volunteers from both the South Sudan Red Cross and the Red Cross/Red Crescent societies in neighboring countries continue to assist those affected by the violence as they relocate to safer areas.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Central African Republic Situation Report- 28 March, 2014

Highlights

 The security situation remains tense in many parts of CAR, including particular hot spots in Bangui where Muslims continue to be under attack. There is also an increase in criminality in Bangui.

 296,000 mosquito nets have been distributed to 60,532 households living in IDP sites as part of the ongoing emergency response.

 As part of UNICEF’s outreach strategy, UNICEF has participated in three inter-agency assessment missions to Carnot, Moyen Sido, and Boda.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Humanitarian situation remains serious

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Irish Red Cross

Needs remain acute in South Sudan, where recent fighting has exacerbated a situation that was already very precarious for thousands of people. The Red Cross continues to expand their humanitarian activities in order to bring help to those who need it most.

"The situation remains tense and unpredictable. As a result, humanitarian needs keep multiplying," said Melker Mabeck, a Red Cross staff member in South Sudan. "Many people urgently need food, water and shelter. Many family members have been separated. Our priority is to bring aid quickly to those who need it most."

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Uganda + 1 other
South Sudan refugees arriving in Uganda lack medical supplies

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Sudan Tribune

March 25, 2014 (KAMPALA) - Medical charity Medicine sans Frontier (MSF) said on Tuesday that its health facilities for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are running out of medicine due to the high influx of people from the three-month-old conflict.

The France-base NGO says its staff numbers are insufficient to provide health care to the fast-growing camp in the Adjumani district of Uganda.

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World + 18 others
Sahel meningitis outbreaks linked to wind and dust levels, claim scientists

Report
Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

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South Sudan + 4 others
UNHCR and WFP seek US$371 million for inter-agency operations to help South Sudan refugees

UNHCR and WFP, on behalf of partners, have asked donors for $371 million in urgently needed support for the thousands of South Sudanese arriving in neighbouring countries.

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South Sudan + 6 others
South Sudan Emergency Situation UNHCR External Regional Update 8, 17 - 21 March 2014

Highlights

  • SOUTH SUDAN: Escalating tensions between refugees and host communities in Maban County are attributed to dwindling resources affecting all populations during the hunger gap.

  • SUDAN: Sudan continues to receive South Sudanese at the rate of approximately 300 per day, with a notable influx into El Liri, Talodi Locality in South Kordofan over the past week. The condition of those arriving is noted as particularly dire, with the population in desperate need of assistance as they are reported to be arriving with almost no belongings.

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: Population Movement Emergency appeal n° MDRUG037 Operations update n° 2

Summary: A start up DREF from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of CHF 170,000 was allocated on 11 February, 2014 to support Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in delivering humanitarian assistance to 25,000 beneficiaries from South Sudan in refugee settlements across Arua and Adjumani districts of West Nile Sub Region of Northern Uganda. The background for the emergency is rooted in the escalation of armed conflict in the Republic of South Sudan from mid-December 2013.

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Communities battling tuberculosis, HIV and isolation in Uganda

By Willie Brens Wambedde, Uganda Red Cross Society

Paul Kiterera, 51, lives in a village 20 kilometres northwest of Uganda’s capital Kampala. When his first marriage ended in divorce in 2008, he remained a single parent for almost three years before remarrying. “Due to the challenges I went through as a single parent, I did not bother to get tested for any infections or to ask my new wife about her HIV status,” said Kiterera.

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World Tuberculosis Day: New approach achieves success fighting disease in Uganda prisons

Kampala/Geneva (ICRC) – On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling attention to the fact that the contagious and potentially fatal disease is a major health problem in prisons. A project run by the organization in three jails in Uganda shows that tuberculosis can be fought successfully in detention facilities.

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The History of Resource Mobilization and Social Spending in Uganda

This paper is the first of a series of papers exploring the political and institutional contexts of resource mobilization and social spending for social development in Uganda. We provide the historical context of, and trends in, resource mobilization (domestic and external revenue) and social spending in post-independence Uganda. After years of civil war, mismanagement and general decline, Uganda turned a page in 1986 when NRM (National Resistance Movement) came to power.