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- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - Aug 2018
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2018
- DR Congo: Polio Outbreak - Feb 2018
- DR Congo: Floods - Jan 2018
- DR Congo: Landslide - Aug 2017
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2017
- West Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2016
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2015
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OVERVIEW AND TRENDS
• No Ebola case has been reported in Uganda despite the persistent influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and regular trade activities across the DRC/Uganda border. This is largely attributed to the intensive Ebola prevention and preparedness efforts by the Ministry of Health and partners, including UNICEF. Over 100,000 people, including 35,000 children, were reached with messages on signs, symptoms, prevention and control of Ebola by UNICEF and the Uganda Red Cross Society.
Kampala 3 January 2019:- The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO DG), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Uganda for the Ebola preparedness response mounted, so far, in the high-risk districts of the country.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its 10th outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu, a province bordering Uganda on 1 August 2018. The outbreak has spread to several health zones in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. Beni located about 100km from the Uganda/DRC border is the current epicenter. In Ituri province the affected zone Tchomia is even closer than Beni to the Uganda/DRC border (less than 20Km). As of 1st December 2018, a cumulative total of 440 cases (including 392 confirmed and 48 probable cases) with 255 deaths (case fatality of 60%) had been reported.
• Rollout of new food assistance collection procedures: In addition to Bidibidi zones 3 and 4, Imvepi, Kiryandongo, Kyaka II, Kyangwali, Lobule, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Palabek, Rhino Camp and Rwamwanja, in November 2018, World Food Programme (WFP) began implementing new food assistance collection procedures linked to UNHCR’s Biometric Identity Management system in Palorinya settlement area in Northern Uganda.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
On May 8t 2018 the 9th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared by the Ministry of Health. On 1st of August 2018, just one week after the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak in Equator province, the 10th Ebola epidemic of the DRC was declared in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Both provinces are among the most populated areas in the DRC and bordering with Uganda and Rwanda.
Kampala 24th December 2018: - The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has lauded government partners for their support in the current Ebola preparedness response in Uganda and urged them to support the government to build systems for future disease outbreak responses.
This was at a meeting held at the Serena Hotel in Kampala, where partners in the Ebola preparedness response briefed Ministry of Health (MoH) leadership and donors about their work to ensure that Uganda is prepared to manage an EVD outbreak, should there be one.
Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes expected in Karamoja through at least May 2019
By Farha Bhoyroo in Nairobi, Kenya | 18 December 2018
Three months after she was raped by armed men while fleeing violence in South Sudan, Vicky* realized that she was pregnant. Even now, in the safety of Kyaka refugee settlement in Uganda, the memories are raw.
“When I think about that horrible day when I was raped and badly beaten, I wished to commit suicide,” says the 22-year-old, cradling her 11-month-old baby with her left arm. “I wish I had died that day, but my son keeps me alive.”
EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT STEPS UP EFFORTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN AT RISK
Uganda has received more than a million refugees from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last two years. War, conflict and drought are pushing families and unaccompanied children to flee neighboring countries. Girls and boys are being pushed to the edge. And their future is at risk.
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 3.2 million Swiss francs (increased from 2.4 million Swiss francs), to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to continue supporting the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) to deliver assistance and support for 18,000 people for 18 months (extended from 12 months), with a focus on the following areas of focus: Shelter; Health; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion (WASH) and Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI).
By NOBERT ATUKUNDA
Kampala. At least 2,000 frontline health workers in the seven high risk districts, including Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko have been vaccinated against the deadly Ebola disease as a preventive measure against the disease that has ravaged neighbouring DR Congo (DRC).
Speaking at a press conference in Kampala yesterday, Dr Ruth Jane Aceng, the Health minister, said the health workers are at high risk of acquiring the disease as they are more exposed considering the kind of work they do.
Key Achievements in Sector
• UNHCR played a lead role in supporting the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) to develop and launch its Education Response Plan for Refugee and Host Communities. This 3-year rolling plan runs to 2021 and aims to reach over 567,500 learners per year.
• UNHCR is working closely with MoES and INGO partners to develop guidelines for the continued roll out of Accelerated Education, ensuring children who are overage but have dropped out of primary education have the opportunity to continue their education.
UNHCR launches $2.7 billion appeal for Africa’s largest refugee crisis: South Sudan
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency, and NGO partners are today launching an appeal for US$2.7 billion to address the live-saving humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees in 2019 and 2020.
Whilst seeking to meet humanitarian needs, the 2019-2020 RRP also serve as a transition plan towards sustainable refugee response programming in Uganda.
As such, this plan contributes to achieving the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Uganda, alongside interventions carried out by government institutions.
Under the leadership and coordination of the Government, the Uganda 2019-2020 RRP aims at achieving the following objectives:
As Ebola remains a major health threat Uganda, a number of preparedness interventions have been put in place to avert the epidemic.The Ebola outbreak broke out in neighboring DR-Congo in August 2018. Given the proximity of Uganda to North Kivu province, where a number of people have died of the same disease, Uganda remains among the countries with the highest risk of getting Ebola.