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23 Jul 2015 description
report New Vision

By Joyce Namutebi and Moses Mulondo

NEARLY 375,000 people in 10 districts in northern Uganda have been hit by Malaria in the last three months, killing 165, Parliament has heard.

The affected districts are Agago, Amuru, Apac, Gulu, Kitgum, Kole, Lamwo, Oyam, Nwoya and Pader, the minister of state for heath Dr. Chris Baryomunsi told Parliament on Thursday.

22 Jul 2015 description

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Wednesday 7/22/2015 - 13:26 GMT

A Ugandan rebel leader accused of killing hundreds of civilians was charged in court Wednesday with crimes against humanity and mass murder, a police spokesman said.

Jamil Mukulu, leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was arrested in neighbouring Tanzania in April, before being extradited to Uganda earlier this month.

The ADF is a Ugandan Islamist militia based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, with alleged links to Al-Qaeda.

22 Jul 2015 description

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 22 July 2015 – A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods.

The Drylands Integrated Development Project was launched in June to address a swath of challenges which fuel the population’s vulnerability to hazards.

20 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

KAMPALA, Uganda – The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA in Uganda has handed reproductive health supplies and equipment worth more than $770,000 to the Government of Uganda in an effort to improve maternal and newborn health.

20 Jul 2015 description

Disease Outbreaks

Cholera: Ten cholera cases were reported by Kasese district in week 27. There are no new cases in the last one week. As of 15 July 2015, a total of 246 suspected/confirmed cases including 2 deaths (CFR 0.8%) have been reported. The cases were managed in Bwera, Katwe-Kabatoro and Kinyabwamba cholera treatment centres.

16 Jul 2015 description
report New Vision

By John Agaba

Malaria, the number one killer disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, is ravaging northern Uganda. The health ministry Wednesday said the plasmodium-caused disease has hit 10 districts.

Lamwo, Gulu, Kitgum, Oyam, Agago, Apac, Amuru, Kole, Nwoya and Pader are the worst hit.

Hundreds of patients, including babies and children below five years and women, are stranded at health facilities as they wait to be attended to.

13 Jul 2015 description

Case Study, UNICEF, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 2015

Population-Based Survey on Peace and Education: Uganda Case Study, conducted by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in partnership with UNICEF, assesses factors affecting resilience, social cohesion and security as elements of peacebuilding in Uganda, and the interaction of education with those factors.

10 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

KAMPALA, 10 July 2015 (IRIN) - Humanitarian response in Uganda could be severely compromised if parliament adopts a bill that regulates NGOs and criminalises non-compliance, aid agencies have warned. If passed, the bill, which is currently before a parliamentary committee, would have “catastrophic effects” on vulnerable communities, a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) said in a recent position paper.

10 Jul 2015 description

By Lydia Wamala

In Uganda’s poorest region, Karamoja, WFP is using funding from the United Kingdom to help communities access something they consider more precious than gold – water. One of the ways is by establishing sand dams, a mechanism by which sand is allowed to accumulate and store water for use during the dry season. WFP works with partners including local leaders and NGOs.

NAYESE VILLAGE, KARAMOJA - As Regina Nakwang, Veronica Locham, Lina Sagal and Cecilia Kapel look down at the completed sand dam, their pride is clear to see.

10 Jul 2015 description

Cholera: Seventeen cases have been reported, 6 cases from Busia and 11 cases from Kasese. The data from Busia may be an error and needs to be verified. The cases in Kasese district are from Katwe Town Council, treated at Katwe-Kabatoro Cholera Treatment Centre. Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and South Sudan are also experiencing cholera outbreak with significantly higher numbers (Table 2).

10 Jul 2015 description

KAMPALA – 30 JUNE 2015 – The Ministry of Health received reproductive, maternal and child health medical equipment worth about Ushs 2.3 Billion from The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to strengthen it s efforts towards saving the lives of mothers and babies in Uganda.

The assorted medical equipment is meant to be dispatched to the 8 districts of Abim, Amudat, Arua, Bundibugyo, Kitgum, Gulu, Napak and Nakapiripirit.

10 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Situation Analysis provides comprehensive situation of children’s rights in Uganda today, including key bottlenecks in the delivery of basic services and actions required to improve children’s well-being.

KAMPALA, 09 July 2015 – The Government of Uganda today launched the Situation Analysis of Children in Uganda report highlighting the urgent need to sharpen investments in basic services to alleviate child poverty and achieve Vision 2040.

09 Jul 2015 description
report Guardian

Four years after South Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011, conflict has forced tens of thousands across the border into Uganda, where they are given assistance and encouraged to abandon any ethnic animosity

When fighting broke out in December 2013 in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, it spread rapidly toward the country’s north-east – directly towards John Aleu’s home. He wanted no part of the conflict and hoped the remoteness of his village in northern Jonglei state would insulate him.

09 Jul 2015 description

July07, 2015: New Delhi/Nairobi: The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)through The SPRINT Initiative is providing humanitarian assistance and sexual and reproductive health services in South Western Uganda-in Nakivale and other refugee settlements.

08 Jul 2015 description
report DanChurchAid

20 years after Uganda signed the convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights a UN committee conducted the first review ever. Local NGO’s took the opportunity to raise the voices of Uganda rights holders

Gitte Dyrhagen Husager

A UN committee has made a landmark statement, urging the Government of Uganda to recognize owners’ land rights among local communities, including pastoralists and other indigenous communities.

08 Jul 2015 description

Airtel Uganda and Human Network International to Communicate Free Public Service Information via Mobile Phones

By Montserrat Xilotl

Information can save lives. However, for this happen information must reach its intended target audience. Access to life saving information is not a trivial matter particularly when looking to communicate to isolated or rural populations in the development world.

07 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

KAMPALA, 7 July 2015 (IRIN) - Actual combat may have ended almost a decade ago in northern Uganda, but for many women abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the children they conceived in captivity, the war is far from over. Sexual exploitation, beatings, stigmatization and community rejection, lack of medical care and education, and deprivation of land rights are among the challenges faced by those who escaped from or were released by the LRA.

07 Jul 2015 description

The Resilience Analysis Unit, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Food Programme, carried out the present context analysis with the aim of better understanding resilience to food insecurity and malnutrition in Karamoja, Uganda.

07 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans continued to increase in May by 10%, 12% and 25% respectively across Karamoja as the sub-region gets to the peak of the lean season.

  • The terms of trade (TOT) for both goats and casual labour against maize grain have continued to deteriorate compared to April, 2015 in Karamoja as a result of increased maize prices. However, households this year are still better off compared to the same period in May 2014.

06 Jul 2015 description

Livestock play a vital role in the livelihoods of communities in the bordering countries of South Sudan and Uganda. However, when these animals are crossing from country to country, many can suffer from serious animal health issues, such as the spread of Foot and Mouth disease. There are also a range of negative socio-economic impacts caused by transboundary Animal Diseases or outbreaks during cross-border movement.