An outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Kibaale district in western Uganda killed 17 people in July and August 2012. A total of 24 probable and confirmed cases were recorded, of which 11 were laboratory confirmed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe. On 4 Oct, the government declared the end of the outbreak. (WHO, 4 Oct 2012)
In November 2012, a second outbreak struck the country. Uganda's Ministry of Health said a fresh outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever is straining an already over-stretched health system. (IRIN, 15 Nov 2012) As of 28 Nov 2012, seven cases (six confirmed, one probable), including four deaths, were reported in Luweero and Kampala districts (WHO, 30 Nov 2012). According to WHO, no new Ebola cases have been reported since 18 Dec. The last confirmed cases were discharged on 26 Nov and 5 Dec. (OCHA, 15 Jan 2013) Uganda’s Ministry of Health and WHO declared Luwero district Ebola-free on 16 Jan 2013 (IFRC, 5 Feb 2013).
A total of 647,536 persons were reached by the response and prevention activities performed by the URCS during the DREF operation. Despite the impressive number of persons reached, less than half of the planned beneficiaries initially planned were reached by the activities. This is largely due to a reduced number of radio spots and health messages delivered over local media and broadcasting by URCS, as other partners stepped in to cover this activity. (IFRC Final Report, 2 May 2013)
Context and introduction
CHF 122,546 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance directly to 100 households affected by Ebola (585 affected people) and 3,628,390 people indirectly. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
On 27 July 2012, an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) was confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and World Health Organization (WHO), in Kibaale district in Western Uganda.
Across the East Africa region, consecutive good seasons transformed food security conditions from the initial low point in 2011, which was a great relief coming out of a severe drought. However, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continued working with other players including government and regional bodies such as the Inter-Governmental Climate Information, Prediction,
A report on the an evaluation conducted for Uganda Red Cross to document lessons learnt in health epidemics response and to document their organizations capacity to respond.
By Andy Channelle, IFRC
At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy tore a path through the Caribbean before landing on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The storm caused hundreds of deaths and destroyed homes, farms and livelihoods in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Recovery is likely to cost billions of dollars.
By Victor Lacken in Uganda
When it comes to Ebola hemorrhagic fever, you can’t be too careful. It remains one of the most lethal viruses known to man and there is no known cure. Its highly infectious and contagious nature means that an outbreak of the fever must be immediately identified and isolated.
In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2012 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by the Member States.
CHF 107,056 from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was allocated to support the Uganda Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance directly to 100 households affected by Ebola (585 affected people) and 3,628,390 people indirectly.
Summary: An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever was confirmed in Luwero district after tests from Uganda Virus Research Institute came positive for Ebola Sudan on two samples collected by PCR and serology.
New IDS rapid response briefing calls for more integrated approach to zoonoses
In the latest issue of the IDS rapid response briefing series, authors from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium explore the benefits of developing a more joined up approach to tackling zoonoses.
Food insecure population in eastern Africa to decrease by over 1 million
Cholera, malaria and yellow fever outbreaks confirmed
Intercommunal clashes in Kenya claim over 477 lives since January 2012
Increased international presence facilitates aid delivery in secured areas of Somalia
Conflict has displaced over 5,000 Congolese into Uganda and South Sudan and 8,000 Sudanese into South Sudan
Overview of the major reported outbreaks in the WHO African Region
- Cholera in Sierra Leone
- Cholera in DR Congo
- Ebola in Uganda
- Marburg in Uganda
- Rift Valley Fever in Mauritania
- Ebola in DR Congo
December 06, 2012
KAMPALA — Uganda's recent flood of Congolese refugees is having unexpected side-effects: some Ugandans are adopting the Congolese custom of eating primates, a new trend that may be linked to outbreaks of Ebola and represents a potential threat to the country's endangered chimpanzee population.
For some conservationists, protecting an animal that shares almost 99 percent of its DNA with humans is a deeply personal issue.
30 November 2012 - As of 28 November 2012, the Ministry of Health in Uganda reported 7 cases (6 confirmed, 1 probable) with Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Luweero and Kampala districts. Of these cases, 4 died.
Improved food security and nutrition conditions in Eastern Africa
More than 60,000 people displaced in the north of Goma as M23 takes over
More than 11,000 former Burundian refugees voluntarily repatriated from Tanzania
Kenya’s Department of Refugee Affairs allows a two-week refugee registration in Dadaab refugee complex
Water trucking operations stopped in Dawe Sarar woreda (Oromia) and Somali Region due to increased rain
CHF 107,056 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance directly to 585 people affected by Ebola, 100 households at risk, and 3,628,390 people indirectly. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
23 NOVEMBER 2012 - As of 23 November 2012, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Uganda has reported 10 cases (6 confirmed and 4 probable,), including 5 deaths in Luweero and Kampala.
The last confirmed case was hospitalised on 17 November 2012. Close contacts of the Ebola cases are being identified and followed up for a period of 21 days. All the cases alerted to the field teams are being investigated.
By Darious Magara and Innocent Anguyo
The Police have halted visitation of inmates in all prisons across the city and neighbouring districts.
The move is aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever among inmates and other people.
Addressing the media at a weekly Police briefing yesterday, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi yesterday said the visitors will only be given access to the suspects if the reason is serious enough.