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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

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

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.

18 May 2016 description

By Wendy Okolo, and Kelvin Shikuku

The area of Nwoya district, Northern Uganda, was wracked by civil war for two decades. Today, the area is highly vulnerable to climate change, as farmers rely on low-productivity subsistence crops such as sesame, sorghum or beans. Increasing the resilience of communities and their food security – while also mitigating climate change – remains a challenge.

18 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • A total of 3,857 South Sudanese new arrivals have arrived in Uganda as of 12 May, lower than the 4,038 individuals received in the same period last month.
    The new arrival trend increased in the last week of April following the return and swearing in of South Sudan vice president Riek Machar to the capital Juba and decreased in the first week of May, but largely remains the same compared to April. Majority of the 2016 new arrivals are children (72%) and women (19.5%).

18 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The month of May is witnessing a declining number of Burundian new arrivals crossing into Uganda, similar to April’s trend. In the reporting period, a total of 54 Burundians were received at the reception centre, down from last week’s 75 individuals.

  • Entering through Katuna, Mirama Hills, and Mutukula border points, 34 walked into the reception centre, 20 were transported by AIRD from the borders and 10 were referred by OPM from Kampala.

17 May 2016 description

KAMPALA – The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed an agreement to construct 10 community-level grain stores in 10 districts of Uganda over the next four months in an effort to address grain storage challenges nationally while enhancing small-scale farmers’ access to quality produce markets.

17 May 2016 description
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Highlights of the Week

  • One case (one death) of Yellow fever confirmed in Kalangala district.

17 May 2016 description

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 17 May 2016 – Authorities in Uganda’s capital city are prioritising infrastructure development, climate-smart capital investment procedures and emissions reduction in order to strengthen the city’s resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and development partners have allocated significant funding to renovate roads, improve drainage infrastructure, enhance climate-resilient strategies and revamp mass public transport to cope with the stresses and disaster risks generated by rapid urbanisation.

13 May 2016 description

eHealth Policy Formulation

The World Health Organisation defines ehealth as the combined use of electronic Communication and information technology in the health sector.In practical terms e-health is the means of ensuring that the right health information is provided to the right person at the right place and time in a secure, electronic form to support the delivery of quality and effecient healthcare.

13 May 2016 description

Following the outbreak of Yellow Fever in some parts of the country, the Ministry of health with support from GAVI is to conduct a free Yellow Fever vaccination exercise in the affected districts of Masaka, Rukungiri and kalangala. The exercise is expected to run between May 19th and 22nd. a total of 643,765 people aged six months and above will be vaccinated against the disease.

10 May 2016 description

KAMPALA, 9 May 2016 –Uganda has received 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine, worth 643,765 US dollars (over shs 2 billion), for an emergency reactive mass vaccination campaign in Masaka and Rukungiri districts.

Since January 2016, Uganda has been experiencing a yellow fever outbreak in Masaka and Rukungiri districts, with 30 suspected cases and 11 deaths. The last reported yellow fever outbreak in Uganda was in 2010 that affected five districts in the northern part of the country.

09 May 2016 description

Refugees across the global South are increasingly choosing to venture into cities rather than staying in camps. Currently, approximately half of the global refugee population now lives and pursues their livelihoods in non-camp settings. Increasingly, these urban refugees are undertaking their own entrepreneurial initiatives, often in sectors in which they have no prior experience. Most also lack access to the micro-loans that could help them start businesses.

05 May 2016 description

ISINGIRO – Uganda is demonstrating innovation in its approach to building resilient and sustainable communities by using the latest technology to support risk-informed development in the country’s oldest refugee settlement.

Home to over 5,000 refugees, Oruchinga Refugee Settlement in Isingiro district, South Western Uganda has provided a safe haven to thousands of refugees over the past four decades. Thanks to Uganda’s progressive and world-leading refugee policies, families making a home in the settlement are allocated land, as a way of enabling self-reliance.

05 May 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production
  • Maize prices seasonally increasing but at low levels
  • High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja Region

Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production

04 May 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

223,623\*
Total number of South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers registered and active in Uganda as of 26 April 2016.

196,296
Pre-1st January 2016

27,327
From 1st January to the reporting period.

*note that figures are likely to fluctuate slightly in the coming weeks as the results of the verification exercise in Kiryandongo are reflected.

Settlement breakdown of SSD refugees and asylum seekers registered in 2016: