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Unclogging Uganda's rural sanitation crisis

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Al Jazeera

Waterborne diseases are rampant in E. African country riven by corruption, but local approaches may offer one solution

August 28, 2014 5:00AM ET

by Sam Loewenberg

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South Sudan + 3 others
IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep 25 – 31 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

South Sudan: Peace is in sight as warring leaders sign ceasefire deal.

Ethiopia: IOM has moved a total of 171,794 refugees from both Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz regions, since December 2013.

Uganda: IOM has supported 2,897 households with WASH sensitization and latrine construction.

Sudan: IOM has tracked and registered 47,008 South Sudanese Refugees since the onset of the crisis.

OVERVIEW

International Organization for Migration:

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Kenya + 8 others
High food prices: Region pays for poor farming methods

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EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

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Liberia + 1 other
Ugandan team brings Ebola experience to Liberia

A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers are deployed by WHO to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. This team comes with vast experience in managing Ebola outbreaks, having faced many cases of this disease since 2000. They work shifts alongside their Liberian colleagues to provide around the clock care and to help maintain strict infection control measures.

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World + 32 others
Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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Uganda Food Security Alert - August 29, 2014

Poor households' access to food is unlikely to increase significantly until July 2015. Increased and well-targeted humanitarian assistance is needed for up to 300,000 people.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

● Extensive rains in Bentiu caused renewed flooding and the collapse of around 175 latrines, worsening living conditions for displaced people.

● The crash of a UN-contracted helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, on 26 August caused suspension of humanitarian flights to the area.

● One in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Half a population at risk of famine

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Malteser

Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population

Cologne/Juba. In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.

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The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region received at the African Union

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African Union

Addis Ababa, on 27 August 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, met with the newly-appointed United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, on 26 August 2014, at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, as he begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Djinnit also held discussions with the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui.

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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Security Council press statement on Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region

SC/11533

AFR/2954

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom):

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Uganda + 1 other
British High Commissioner to Uganda on universal bednet campaign

British High Commissioner speaks at closing event of campaign on 16 August.

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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more vulnerable to domestic violence.

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Somalia + 5 others
Communique of Ministerial Meeting on the Somali Refugee Situation commits to fresh impetus for durable solutions for Somali refugees

Statement by the Governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen; the African Union; the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development; the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees upon conclusion of Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner’s Global Initiative on Somali Refugees in Addis Ababa on 20 August 2014