Appeals & Response Plans
- Uganda: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Tanzania: Earthquake - Sept 2016
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jul 2016
- Uganda: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Uganda: Measles Outbreak - Aug 2013
- Uganda: Cholera Outbreak - May 2013
- Uganda: Floods - May 2013
- Uganda: Marburg Fever Outbreak - Oct 2012
- Uganda: Ebola Outbreak - Jul 2012
Most read reports
- Uganda: Landslides/Mudflow Assessment in Mbale District, Eastern Region (as of 15 October 2018)
- Uganda Launches new Education Response Plan for Africa’s biggest refugee crisis
- Uganda prepares to vaccinate against Ebola in case the virus strikes the country
- Uganda, Bududa - Landslide (Uganda Red Cross Society, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 13 October 2018)
- Uganda: Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement - Kamwenge-Land use and land Cover Map, 2000-2005-2010-2015 (15 March 2018)
This map illustrates satellite-detected landslide at in Bukalasi and surrounding areas located close to Mount Elgon in Manjiya District, Eastern Region, Uganda, as seen on Pleiades-1 satellite imagery with 0.5m resolution, collected on 13 October 2018. The analysis of the image shows that landslides and overflowed waters/mud seem to have hit Bukalasi along the stream and have potentially affected several houses and also caused cut of roads. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
"Access to education is a fundamental human right. It is essential to the acquisition of knowledge and to the full development of the human personality, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states. More than that, education makes us more resilient and independent individuals."
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Purpose and scope
By JONATHAN KAMOGA
A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.
The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.
The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.
Bududa. Households in 10 more villages and acres of crops in Bududa District are at risk of being swept away by mudslides that has already killed scores of people and buried at least 100 homes. “The situation is tense and several more villages are at risk of being swept away by the mudslides. People need to be relocated to safer areas, the situation now is terrible,” the Bududa District chairman, Mr Wilson Watira, told journalists yesterday.
A massive landslide following heavy rains occured in eastern Uganda, in Bududa district, on 12 October.
Sustained heavy rains on Thursday 11 October caused boulders and chunks of mud to come rolling down the foothills, hitting three villages below. Media reports that bridges and roads have been destroyed.
At least 40 bodies have so far been recovered after devastating mudslides swept villages in eastern Uganda.
The mudslides followed heavy rains that lasted for over four hours on Thursday in Bakalasi Sub County in Bududa District.
Bududa District chairman Wilson Watira confirmed the number of mudslide victims, saying the search is still ongoing to rescue trapped people and recover more bodies.
Kinshasa – On 01 August, the tenth Ebola outbreak in 40 years was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). IOM, the UN Migration Agency, immediately joined the Government-led response to the outbreak in DRC and began assessing and accelerating support in neighbouring countries.
Tropical cyclone Luban is expected to bring heavy rains to Yemen and Oman
Africa Weather Hazards
Heavy rainfall in previous weeks has resulted in overflowing of the Niger and Benue Rivers of Nigeria. Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast to continue, maintaining high risks for flooding.
Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has continued to provide asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. As of June 2018, approximately 1.4 million refugees and asylum-seekers had sought shelter in Uganda—the largest refugee population on the African continent—including more than 1 million South Sudanese and over 288,000 Congolese. An estimated 60 percent of these refugees are younger than 18 years of age.
In April/May 2018, Uganda operation successfully concluded two Sub-national Protection Dialogues covering the major refugee emergency operations in Western (DRC/BRI) and West Nile regions (South Sudanese). The events took place from 23 to 25 April 2018 in Mbarara and 2 to 4 May 2018 in Gulu. The protection dialogues took place alongside other ongoing efforts by UNHCR to strengthen the refugee protection response.
Severe outcomes likely to persist in several countries despite anticipated regional improvement
• A total of 12,979 children (6,779 boys; 6,200 girls) accessed critical protection services, including temporary emergency shelter, psychosocial support, release from detention, family tracing and reunification, medical support, as well as access to education and reintegration opportunities.
• Since the beginning of the year, 37,786 children with severe acute malnutrition have been admitted and treated in 418 health facilities supported by UNICEF.
New innovations in treatment used for a faster, more effective response
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 — The Ebola epidemic in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is not under control yet, says medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), though some new aspects to the medical approach may help to strengthen the response. To date, 181 cases have been reported, of which 146 confirmed by laboratory tests. 80 people have died and 50 have recovered.
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to be closely monitored, with the Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners making progress in response to the outbreak. A recent increase in the incidence of new cases (Figure 1) reflects the multitude of challenges faced by response teams in recent weeks. The outbreak remains active predominantly in Beni Health Zone, although additional risks remain following the confirmation of EVD cases in Butembo and Mabalako.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared their tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years on 1 August 2018. The outbreak is centred in the town of Mangina, in the northeastern North Kivu province.
Latest figures - information as of 26 September 2018; figures provided by DRC Ministry of Health
Africa needs inclusive health and educational systems that eliminate the stigma around mental illness.
By Stellah Kwasi
The negative impact of armed conflict on the mental health of combatants is well documented. But it wasn’t until about two decades ago that literature on the effect of conflict on civilians began emerging.