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02 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, March 28 2015 at 15:23

IN SUMMARY

  • Number of people being treated for typhoid has more than doubled from 1,940 at the beginning of the month to 4,949 by March 19.

  • The outbreak is being blamed on the consumption of water contaminated with faecal matter or the urine of infected persons.

  • Landlords have been blamed for the contamination for continually releasing sewage into the environment, which has in turn contaminated natural water sources.

01 Apr 2015 description
report World Vision

By FLAVIA LANYERO

The ownership of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) has doubled in Soroti and Busia districts with up to 98.8 percent of the population owning at least a mosquito net, a new report finds.

The end of project evaluation for World Vision Stop Malaria Project in Soroti and Busia districts released yesterday (31st / 4/2014) also indicates that the average number of nets per household is three and that 70.6 percent of the households now meet the universal coverage criteria of one net for every two members.

01 Apr 2015 description

Insufficient food and income to lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in Karamoja by April

KEY MESSAGES

  • In bimodal areas, ground surface temperatures from February to March were six to seven degrees centigrade above average, drying out rangelands and leading to poor livestock body conditions. Pre-season and early season rains for the bimodal and unimodal areas were very low during, causing delays in land preparation.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

31 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain and sorghum were relatively stable during the month and lower than last year across Karamoja. However, prices for beans have continued to rise higher than last year’s and two-years average 2013/14.

  • Annual analysis highlights an improvement in terms of trade (TOT) for both goats and casual labour against maize grain. This was mainly a result of lower maize grain prices this year compared to last year.

30 Mar 2015 description

Kampala, Uganda | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 14:58 GMT

by Amy FALLON

A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead.

Police on Tuesday vowed to catch the killers of Joan Kagezi, acting assistant director of public prosecution, who was murdered by men on a motorbike as she drove home with three of her children on Monday evening.

The identity of the gunmen and their motive remains unclear, police said.

30 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI, TEA Special Correspondent

Hethiri Bukenya first developed a persistent cough when he was two-and-a-half years old. Slowly, he started to lose appetite and as his weight declined, he became weak and frail.

By the age of five, he was falling ill regularly. His mother, Sarah Najjuka visited several health facilities including Mulago, Uganda’s national referral hospital, all of which failed to diagnose the problem.

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

EDUCATION

27 Mar 2015 description
report International Alert

A new report by International Alert has revealed a growing confidence in sustained peace and security in northern Uganda, following the end of the 21-year conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan government forces, which ended in 2008.

25 Mar 2015 description

LWF Installs Solar Pumps to Improve Water Supply

(LWI) – Without water, the classrooms in Ayilo refugee camp remain empty. The simple equation is explained by the headmaster of Ayilo2A primary school in Adjumani district, Uganda.

25 Mar 2015 description

TORORO, Uganda –A contribution of 67 KAMAZ trucks, donated by the government of the Russian Federation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will assist its distributions and deliveries in Uganda and throughout the East and Central African region.

The vehicles are part of a Russian global contribution to WFP of 218 trucks, valued at US$21 million, accompanied by mobile workshops, spare parts, technicians and an additional US$1.6 million to cover operational costs related to the trucks.

24 Mar 2015 description
report Guardian

With Uganda expecting 60,000 new cases of TB a year, small private clinics in the slums of Kampala have become the focus for fighting the disease

20 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • A total of 145,225 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 91,5461 in Adjumani, 12,771 in Arua, 33,370 in Kiryandongo and 7,538 in Kampala.
  • Biometric ProGres registration continues to be halted as the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) roll-out their new Registration Information Management System. Manual registration is being carried out in the interim.
19 Mar 2015 description

Teresa Corcoran

An innovative partner project in rural Uganda is using dialogue via radio and SMS messages to help farmers solve problems.

A goat with a swollen stomach, yellow-brown streaking on a banana plant's stem or today's retail price for cassava flour. These are some of the queries from farmers across the Rwenzori region of Western Uganda, coming through to KRC102.FM’s "Toll-Free Line".

19 Mar 2015 description

NAKIVALE, Uganda, March 19 (UNHCR) – To hear Sarah Barasebwa talk about her family's favorite possession, it sounds almost miraculous: it adds hours to her day, keeps her safe, saves firewood, has increased her crops and enables her son to go to school.

What could accomplish all that? Her Save80 energy-saving stove and its aptly-named accompanying Wonderbox. Sarah, a mother of four, sings the praises of the two devices, which the family received from UNHCR in this refugee settlement in south-west Uganda more than two years ago.

18 Mar 2015 description
report New Vision

By Ronald Sebutiko

The number of people being examined for the Typhoid scourge at Kisenyi health Centre has gone up from 2,140 where it was on Tuesday to 3,000.This has forced the city authorities together with UPDF medical officers to open up another treatment Centre at the facility to handle the big number of patients.

18 Mar 2015 description

On 24 February 2015, the Ministry of Health of Uganda notified WHO of a typhoid fever outbreak.

12 Mar 2015 description
report IRIN

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 11 March 2015 (IRIN) - Uganda’s ability to respond to major epidemics will be undermined if plans to send 263 doctors, nurses and midwives to the Caribbean are carried out, civil society activists have warned.

The healthcare workers are due to travel on renewable two-year contracts to Trinidad and Tobago under a bilateral agreement the Ugandan government says will improve the skills of those who take part.

10 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners continue to support over 140,462 South Sudanese refugees of which 87 per cent are women and children in the districts of Arua, Adjumani and Kiryandongo.

  • UNICEF working with the Government of Uganda carried out an integrated nutrition screening through expanded programme on immunization outreach points and enrolled 2,254 children in refugee settlements into therapeutic feeding programs.