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24 May 2016 description

Market Highlights

  • The US$/SSP exchange rates exhibited daily fluctuations for the better part of April 2016. The local currency gained slight ground against the USD in the intervening period of signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in the last two weeks of April, only to resume loosing trends thereafter and was exchanging at SSP 36-39/1$ in third week of May in the black market. The persistent shortage of dollars continued to dis-incentivize imports into the country during the reporting month.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Resourcing remains a serious concern for the refugee operation. If new funding is not secured soon, the operation is likely to face critical pipeline breaks in August 2016.

  • WFP is providing food assistance to about 430,000 refugees through food transfers and, increasingly, cash-based transfers.

24 May 2016 description

BUJUMBURA/GENEVA (24 May 2016) – The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

· Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires USD 117 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

· Deteriorating food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and the declining economic situation is affecting South Sudanese across the country.

24 May 2016 description

The Katakwi district branch of the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Friday carried out another humanitarian distribution, for just over 2000 people, in response to forecast flood-danger in the east of the country where seasonal rains are peaking.

They are part of the URCS forecast-based financing (FbF) programme supported by the German government and Red Cross, with technical support from the Climate Centre.

23 May 2016 description

56% Of refugees in Uganda are under the age of eighteen

120,208 Refugees and asylum-seekers living in Adjumani Refugee Settlement, Uganda’s largest settlement

2% Of refugees in Uganda are elderly (over the age of 60)

25,873 Refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Uganda in the first two months of 2016

Solutions Outlook

23 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The trend of Burundian new arrivals seeking safety, protection and assistance in Uganda continued to decrease this week. In Nakivale, a total of 35 new Burundian new arrivals were received at the settlement compared to 54 as previously reported. Of these 15 (all male) arrived through Katuna, 16 (11 Male and 5 Female) arrived through Mirama Hills and 4 (3 male and 1 Female) were received through Mutukula border. Majority of the new arrivals (21) walked to the reception centre while 14 were transported by AIRD from the borders.

20 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 15-21 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

20 May 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Angola late in December 2015 and confirmed by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January 2016. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

  • As of 19 May 2016, Angola has reported 2420 suspected cases of yellow fever with 298 deaths. Among those cases, 736 have been laboratory confirmed. Despite vaccination campaigns in Luanda, Huambo and Benguela provinces circulation of the virus in some districts persists.

20 May 2016 description

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Friday 5/20/2016 - 09:38 GMT

Gunmen in northern Uganda have abducted 20 villagers close to the border with South Sudan, Ugandan police said Friday, expressing fears they were captured by a militia from their war-torn neighbour.

The rare attack took place in the early hours of Tuesday in the Yumbe district of Uganda's northern West Nile region, which lies close to the porous border with South Sudan.

19 May 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

NAPAK, Karamoja region, Uganda – In an attempt to plug the gap in midwives in Uganda to reduce maternal deaths and injuries, 90 new midwives trained with UNFPA’s support have been commissioned to work in hard-to-reach, under-served regions.

The commissioning ensures the midwives are deployed so that they put their skills to immediate use and don’t need to sit and wait for jobs, said UNFPA Country Representative Esperance Fundira.

19 May 2016 description

Key messages

  • The worsening humanitarian situation and the suffering of the people of South Sudan have reached unimaginable proportions. The country ranks second in the European Commission's Global Vulnerability and Crisis Assessment index (after the Central African Republic). South Sudan was the world's most fragile State in 2014 and 2015 (Fragile States index).

19 May 2016 description

This blog post was written by Jason Stearns and Yolande Bouka, the Co-Directors of Studies for the Rift Valley Institute’s Great Lakes Field Course, which will be taking place in Entebbe, Uganda from 11–17 June 2016. Jason and Yolande  will be joined by a team of regional and international specialists to explore the contemporary complexities of the region as well as the gamut of social, economic, political and security trends, drawing on deep history and local knowledge to inform debate and discussion.

18 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 17:21 GMT

By Kizito Makoye

DAR ES SALAAM, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drought-afflicted herders have been ordered to remove their cattle from Tanzania's national parks, where they had moved in a bid to find new food sources, the Tanzanian government said late on Monday.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation