We are on the precipice of another humanitarian crisis. The famine that is raging in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen is threatening the lives of millions of people. The crisis is urgent, complex and vast. Without swift action, alarming food shortages in Ethiopia, Chad, Kenya, Uganda, and Niger, could also spiral into crisis.
Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.
Joint statement on behalf of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR
The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today jointly appealed to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive in Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.
Kampala – 22 March - The second Universal Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Net Campaign that the country is currently undertaking is one of the interventions to reduce mortality and morbidity due to Malaria, which is still the single largest killer disease in Uganda. Under this campaign, 24 million nets will be distributed countrywide.
On the occasion of an official visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, announced a support package of €165 million to address the multiple crises in the Horn of Africa region.
South Sudan faced fresh challenges in 2016. An already fragile peace deal fell apart in July when fighting broke out in Juba, leaving more than 200 dead. The fighting spread to other parts of the country, marking an escalation of untold suffering including claims of torture and widespread rape of women.
By September 2016, refugees fleeing South Sudan into neighbouring countries crossed the one million mark.
This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme and carried out by a team from the EPPI-Centre, University College London (UCL), draws together primary research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes for people affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It investigates both the process of implementing MHPSS programmes and their receipt by affected populations, as well as assessing their intended and unintended effects.
· 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.
Daily arrival figures from July 2016 are based on manual emergency registration or head-counts/wrist-banding. Confirmed figures will be available as the new arrivals undergo biometric registration.
Figures prior to July are from the Government’s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS).
41,378 Number of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017
2,956 Daily average of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017
805,704 Total number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
Burundi is experiencing a multidimensional socio-economic crisis impacting different sectors and aspect of livelihoods, which has led to displacement and food insecurity. The violence that ensued after president Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office in 2015 triggered an exodus. More than 390 000 Burundians have fled the country and another 146 000 are reportedly internally displaced.
Kampala- 14 March - The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) released the key indicators report for the sixth Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Among other notable achievements, Uganda has registered significant decline in child and maternal health.
The results show that Infant Mortality Rate has declined from 54 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011 to 43 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016. The report also indicated that child mortality has seen a steady decrease from 38 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011 to 22 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016.
MUBENDE, Uganda – Edith Nambalirwa’s smile lights the bustling business district in downtown Mubende. Watching as she glides her fingers with ease, knitting strands of a customer’s hair into intricate braids in her growing practice, it is easy to think that her life has been plain sailing.
On 20 February, localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit counties, and food security experts estimated that some 5.5 million people would be severely food insecure by the height of the lean season in July. Over the course of the month, tens of thousands of people were displaced due to offensives in Upper Nile and Jonglei. In Upper Nile, an estimated 31,500 people were forced to flee continued advances by armed forces on the western bank of the River Nile. About 18,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) reportedly arrived in Kodok and over 13,500 in Aburoc, Fashoda County.
Uganda faces one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing refugee crises. The implosion of South Sudan has forced more than 1.5 million refugees to seek asylum in the region, with Uganda host to an estimated 700,000 of them.
South Sudanese arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 Feb
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 15 Feb 2017 (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
Refugees in South Sudan
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 223,994 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
Famine declared in two counties in South Sudan’s Unity State
UN calls for improved humanitarian access amid ongoing insecurity
Health actors record more than 5,300 suspected cholera cases
The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda remains very high, with a total of 9,286 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 22nd and 28th of February. This brings the total new arrivals in February to 65,373. The average daily rate of new arrivals this week was 1,327.
International Development Minister James Wharton reaffirms UK support for refugees in Uganda as Africa’s largest refugee hosting nation.
During the week that famine has been declared in some parts of South Sudan, Minister Wharton saw the life-saving impact of UK aid in Uganda when he visited a centre where refugees are registered and longer term refugee settlements near the border with South Sudan. Uganda now hosts over one million refugees, with the vast majority from South Sudan.
INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN
260,868 Refugees in South Sudan
1.853 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 223,994 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site US
$172 million Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2017
US $125 million Funding requested for priority needs in 2017
OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN