UNICEF Uganda Humanitarian Situation Report - May 31, 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 31 May 2017

Highlights

  • As of 19 May, the total number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda is 1.25 million with an average of more than 2,000 people arriving daily from Burundi, South Sudan and the DRC. Of these, 738,957 are children under 18 years.

  • Food insecurity persists in most areas of the Karamoja region due to food scarcity, high market prices and delayed rains, with the exception of Abim District where crop and pasture conditions have significantly improved.

  • The Uganda National Task Force has developed a National Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) Preparedness Plan to guide implementation of EVD preparedness interventions in districts located along the DRC border.

  • On 22-23 June 2017, Uganda will host the Solidarity Summit which aims to translate the New York Declaration commitments into action through the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.
    The specific objectives of the summit are to showcase the Uganda model of refugee management, protection and social integration; and to mobilize international support to meet the needs of refugees and host communities.

  • UNICEF’s Humanitarian Appeal for Children is only 17 per cent funded and without additional funding, UNICEF and partners will not be able to contribute to critical services for women and children facing the risk of disease outbreaks, food insecurity and refugee influx.

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

Date: May 01-31, 2017

738,957 Refugee children (<18 years) in Uganda (OPM and UNHCR reports as of 19 May, 2017)

1.1 million Refugee children and women in Uganda (OPM and UNHCR as of 19 May, 2017)

1.25 million Total refugees and asylum seekers (OPM and UNHCR as at 19 May 2017)

UNICEF Appeal 2017* $52.87 million required Funding Gap 83%

Situation overview and humanitarian needs

Refugees

Uganda continues to receive refugees with an average daily arrival rate of 2,063 (the majority of these are South Sudanese). Currently Uganda hosts 1.25 million refugees (909,000 from South Sudan, 227,000 from DRC and 46,000 from Burundi). In Nakivale, the number of new arrivals from Burundi is increasing in recent weeks, which is attributed to the end of prima facie recognition of Burundian refugees in Tanzania.
On 22-23 June 2017, Uganda will host the Solidarity Summit which aims to translate the New York Declaration commitments into action through the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. The specific objectives of the summit are to showcase the Uganda model of refugee management, protection and social integration; and to mobilize international support to meet the needs of both refugee and host communities.