ADJUMANI REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Adjumani District, Uganda – When Laura Jurua’s labour pains began in the middle of the night, she knew she had to get to a health centre to deliver because she had been advised on the dangers of doing so at home. Expecting her third child, the 26-year-old refugee from South Sudan informed her neighbours she had gone into labour. They helped her call an ambulance.
KAMPALA, 12 October 2015 – The Government of Uganda in collaboration with the UN in Uganda and other partners will today mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) with the launch of the ‘National Campaign on Adolescent Girls.’’ The campaign is aimed at highlighting the importance of investing more in the adolescent girl-child.
Compared to last week, there was a drop in the number of new refugees seeking protection in Uganda. A total of 69 Burundian refugees arrived in the countrythrough Mirama Hills, Kisenyi Police Post, Mutukula and Rubaale border points, less than half of last week’s 147 individuals. The new arrivals cite increased insecurity in Burundi and family reunion as reasons for fleeing.
The Uganda Market price Update is produced by the Assessments, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) Unit of the World Food Programme Uganda on a monthly basis. Price data collected by staff at WFP Sub offices in Moroto, Kotido, Kaabobong and Nakapiripirit is analyzed along with data from Infotrade from Kampala, Iganga, Mbarara, Gulu and Lira. The update is divided into four sections; Karamoja markets, Price trends over one year, Other Markets and Price Forecast.
As World Health Organisation recommends antiretrovirals for all HIV patients, Uganda nets success in the Ssese islands with early treatment programme
Three years ago, Mablice Karuhanga was broke and bored. Then 27, he had lost his parents suddenly and with them his ties to the rural community in south-western Uganda where he lived. He decided to head east – to the Ssese islands in Lake Victoria – where he hoped to earn a living as a fisherman.
According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 14,464 refugees have arrived in Uganda since November 2014 and 50% of them are children under the age of 18 years. The period of September 18-24, 2015 saw a total of 74 new refugees up from the last week’s 27 with a daily new arrival of 11 individuals.
KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$9 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide food assistance for more than 320,000 refugees living in Uganda.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by Enough Project Intern Amanda Schmitt.
Highlights of Consumer Price Index for September 2015
1.0 ANNUAL INFLATION
KISORO, UGANDA—Researchers say they've found evidence to help explain why farmers in Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not adopting new agricultural technologies. Two recent studies found that samples of so-called improved seeds and fertilizer being marketed or distributed in the region were of low quality and hardly worth buying.
In most parts of the world, crop yields have increased by between three and five times in the past 40 years, but in sub-Saharan Africa they have stagnated.
GULU, UGANDA—Earlier this year, the Ugandan government once again extended a law giving amnesty to former rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). In northern Uganda, victims and perpetrators of violence dating back to 1987 now live side by side. It's not always easy.
Florence Ayot sweeps the ground in front of her hut. She lives here with her two children, whom she had with Dominic Ongwen, a former senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA.
The harvest in Karamoja is likely to be far below average
The Uganda Red Cross Society, with support from Netherlands Red Cross distributed scholastic materials to HIV orphans in six districts of Uganda (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Lira, Pader and Kitgum). These orphans have been part of the HIV/ OVC support project that has been running since 2010 when they were identified. The two national societies had supported 3000 Orphans & Vulnerable Children in many ways among which is keeping them is school.
Measles: The reported suspected cases decreased slightly in week 37. Nine districts reported more than 5 suspected cases: Kampala (17), Kalangala (9), Ibanda (9), Buikwe (7), Mbarara (7), Lira (6), Kiruhura (6), Rakai (6) and Kamwenge (5).
Action: National supervisors are training health workers at the regional level in preparation for the measles immunization campaign to be conducted from 3rd - 6th October 2015.
The Uganda Red Cross Society with support from the Red Cross Society of China and The People’s Republic of China at large donated medical equipments to the local government of Manafwa district as part of a three year’s community Resilience project being implemented by URCS with funds from RCSC. Manafwa is one of the eastern Uganda districts that are affected with climate change and usually experience landslides.
The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Thursday 9/24/2015 - 16:37 GMT
by Jan HENNOP
The International Criminal Court unveiled Thursday 60 new war crimes charges against the deputy leader of Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army, including using child soldiers and keeping sex slaves.
"The prosecution gave formal notice that it intends to expand the scope of the charges against Dominic Ongwen," the Hague-based court said.