Uganda: Epidemics Emergency Appeal No. MDRUG010 Final Report
Appeal target: CHF 947,079
Final Appeal coverage: 16%;
- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 10 July 2008 for CHF 947,079 (USD 910,653 or EUR 586,427) for 6 months to assist 425,095 beneficiaries (85,019 households).
- CHF 273,059 was initially allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in responding by delivering assistance.
Summary: This operation was implemented over 6 months starting July 2008 and completed by December 2008. During this period the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) was involved in key activities in collaboration with other implementing partners as well as the Government of Uganda. These interventions contributed to the containment of the cholera outbreaks in Mbale, Manafwa, Pallisa, Tororo and Butaleja by August 2008 with a cumulative total number of cases registered during the epidemic standing at 535 with 31 deaths (CFR 5.9 percent). However, case management and community mobilization and/or sensitization continued until December 2008 when predisposing factors (environmental hygiene conditions) were all improved.
Besides the cholera interventions, the heightened control activities against hepatitis E contributed to a marked reduction in infection rates and mortality whereby, by 22 March 2009, only 51 suspected new cases with one death were registered in the 20 affected sub-counties in Kitgum district. This brings the cumulative number of cases since the onset of the disease in October 2007 to 9,721 with 149 deaths (CFR 1.5 percent).