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31 Dec 2008 description

REDUCING AVOIDABLE LOSS OF LIFE AND THE DISEASE BURDEN DUE TO EMERGENCIES IN UGANDA

Background

The General Context in Uganda

Uganda is making good progress in its drive towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets; HIV sero prevalence rates have stabilized at 6.4% (although the rate of new infections are said to be on the increase), there is better awareness about HIV and improved access to ART in the country and modest improvements have been made in Infant, under 5 and maternal Mortality rates.

22 Dec 2008 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Word from the editor

In the month of October, African National Societies converged in Johannesburg for the 7th Pan African Conference. The delegates from 53 National Socieities made committments for the next 4 years and pledged to continue alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable.

18 Dec 2008 description

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.

16 Dec 2008 description

Appeal Target: US$ 2,731,452

Geneva, 12 December 2008

Dear Colleagues,

The humanitarian situation across much of conflict-affected northern Uganda continues to progress along the transition from humanitarian to recovery and development action. In 2009, distinct humanitarian needs will continue to require a coordinated response, even as recovery and development are recognised as the dominant thinking across the majority of existing areas of operations where ACT members in Uganda are operating.

08 Dec 2008 description

Contexte général

Les combats dans l'est de la RDC et la situation humanitaire au Zimbabwe continuent de focaliser l'attention de la communauté humanitaire. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe se propage dans les pays voisins suscitant une grande préoccupation à cause de sa dimension sous régionale. L'OMS et ses partenaires appuient les efforts de partage d'information sur les districts frontaliers touchés, le renforcement de la surveillance aussi bien que la mobilisation des ressources.

08 Dec 2008 description

General Context

Fighting in eastern DRC and the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continue to focus the attention of the humanitarian community. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is spreading in the Southern African countries raising a big concern about its regional dimension.

05 Dec 2008 description
report Government of Italy

Rome 5 december, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the General Directorate for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 1.100.000,00 euros to Uganda following the humanitarian emergency due to the floods of last months.

The aim of the contribution will contribute, as a result of the isolation of a large population of Pader district, the achievement of planned operations from Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) and will ensure the transit of people and goods throughout the roads Abime Patong and Patong-Kalong and the access …

03 Dec 2008 description

(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.

The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian …

30 Nov 2008 description
report ACTED

Flash news

ACTED UGANDA

ACTED Uganda is part of a consortium of NGOs currently implementing a three-year Drought management project in North Pokot (Western Kenya-Uganda border).

25 Nov 2008 description

CHAD: Civil insecurity has increased in the east following the end of the rainy season, impeding humanitarian assistance. Localized flooding, dryness, and pest attacks may increase food insecurity in other areas. Cereal prices remain high due to flooding in produc tion areas, the retention of food stocks, poor road access, and high trader demand, preventing improvements in livestock/cereal terms of trade.

24 Nov 2008 description

Contexte général

L'attention de la communauté internationale et humanitaire est encore focalisée sur la situation humanitaire dans l'est de la RDC où environ 1,6 millions de personnes sont déplacées.

24 Nov 2008 description

General Context

The attention of international and humanitarian community is still focused on the humanitarian situation in the eastern DRC where about 1.6 million people are displaced. The upsurge of cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is also of high concern in an environment disrupted by a chronic humanitarian crisis.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- CAR: High concern over security situation in many areas.

20 Nov 2008 description
report Monitor-Uganda

Editorial

An estimated 15,000 people have been displaced from their homes in several parts of the country by floods caused by unusually-heavy rainfall. In some parts of the country, the floods have swept away bridges, cutting off villages and entire communities.

Fortunately, the damage from the floods has not been as bad as that of last year which claimed 47 lives and left thousands of people depending on emergency food aid - in comparison, only two deaths have been reported so far this year.

18 Nov 2008 description
report IRIN

KAMPALA, 18 November 2008 (IRIN) - Heavy rains have displaced thousands and damaged crops in eastern and northern Uganda, but officials are optimistic an emergency will be avoided as better weather is predicted.

"Some people have been affected by heavy rains with some displaced, but this does not mean that we shall see an emergency because the meteorological department has already told us that the rains are at their end," Musa Ecweru, state minister for disaster preparedness and refugees, said.

Crops in most affected areas, the minister said, had been destroyed, while roads …

17 Nov 2008 description

General Context

The humanitarian situation of about 1.6 million people displaced in the eastern DRC is still of high concern because despite ongoing diplomatic talks, fighting continues. Killing of civilians and recruitment of child soldiers are now reported by UN peacekeepers.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- CAR: High concern over security situation in many areas. An unidentified armed group attacked a village of Ouamba in the South-west. This situation led to population displacement not yet quantified.

17 Nov 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

17 Nov 2008 description
report Monitor-Uganda

Heavy rains have again hit several parts of Uganda, leading to two deaths, destruction of property and displacement of at least 15,000, people.

A number of rural areas have been cut off from the rest of the country. Reports from the countryside say the most affected areas are parts of Adjumani and Moyo districts in the West Nile region, parts of Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Kaabong and Abim districts in the Karamoja region, Kiboga and Kayunga districts in the central region, as well as Kasese in western Uganda.

The deaths occurred in Nakapiripirit and Bukwo districts.

17 Nov 2008 description

Contexte général

La situation humanitaire des quelques 1,6 millions de personnes déplacées dans l'est de la RDC est toujours très préoccupante parce que, malgré le ballet diplomatique en cours, les combats continuent.

15 Nov 2008 description
report UNOPS

SUMMARY/HIGHLIGHTS

- 212,000 people were affected by floods in 2008

- Approximately 187,000 people were displaced by conflict in 2008

- LRA attacks in eastern DR Congo have displaced over 4,773 people within the past month

I. FOCUS ON SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

Mines: Following the discovery of anti-tank (AT) mines during reconstruction of the road from Limbe - Kajo Keji, a team from UNMAO travelled this week to verify the findings and make an assessment of what further action is necessary. The team identified 8 AT mines (7 of which were on the road).