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28 Dec 2005 description


The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) issues periodic warnings when a food crisis is developing, where groups are now, or about to become, highly food insecure and take increasingly irreversible actions that undermine their future food security. Decision makers should urgently address the situations highlighted by this Warning.

Food insecurity continues, no signals to end of war in Northern Uganda: Gulu, Kitgum, Lira and Pader districts

Source of data: UN agencies, Humanitarian Organizations Graphics: FEWS NET Uganda, December 2005

28 Dec 2005 description

Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, today announced details of a humanitarian and recovery aid package of over €12.8 million for Africa and the Middle East.

28 Dec 2005 description


Weekly Introduction
Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead: April – June 2006

Northern Horn of Africa

Climatology is expected across most of the region, except locally over northwestern and southwestern Sudan, where there is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall locally over eastern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, and portions of Djibouti. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Gulf of Guinea

23 Dec 2005 description

USAID is the lead agency for the President's $1.2 billion, five-year initiative to control malaria in Africa. The goal of the initiative is to reduce malaria-related deaths by 50 percent in 15 countries by achieving 85 percent coverage of proven preventive and curative interventions. Activities are already underway with spraying and other high-impact interventions in the three, first-year target countries of Angola, Uganda, and Tanzania.

21 Dec 2005 description


SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
More than 1.4 million people continue to be displaced in northern Uganda where they face serious threats to their food security and lack basic services. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched a US $220 million Consolidated Appeal which aims to improve humanitarian conditions of the vulnerable, including the displaced.

SEASONAL TIMELINE

21 Dec 2005 description

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at One-Month Lead

January -- March 2006 Southern Africa

The outlook for Jan-Mar 2006 southern Africa rainfall at one month lead shows a low to moderate tilt in the odds favoring below average rainfall over Namibia, portions of southern Angola, southern Botswana, Swaziland, portions of southern Mozambique, the Maize Triangle and the Western Cape Province of South Africa, and locally over southern Madagascar.

20 Dec 2005 description

The UK is to reduce budget support to Uganda by £15 million and use the money to provide humanitarian relief in northern Uganda, Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development, told the House of Commons today.

In addition, a further £5 million will be held back until after the elections in February, when a decision will be made on whether to disburse it.

The immediate effect is to reduce budget support by £20 million from a planned £50 million.

19 Dec 2005 description

The Government has decided to withhold SEK 65 million in budget support to Uganda in light of the negative democratic development in the country.

Instead, SEK 25 million of the funds allocated to Uganda will be used directly for disaster relief in the war-torn northern area of the country.

"After the elections at the beginning of 2006, we will make a new evaluation of the situation in the country regarding democratic development, including the way the elections are carried out, and then decide if we can pay the remaining funds earmarked for budget support," says Carin …

14 Dec 2005 description

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. government agency for implementation of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), a $1.2 billion, five-year commitment created to dramatically reduce the burden of malaria in Africa. This initiative will be focused, results-based, and will exhibit a high level of financial and programmatic accountability.

14 Dec 2005 description

Lorna Crosse International Ministries based in California in the United States of America has donated medical equipment and scholastic materials worth US$100,000 to Uganda to help improve access to quality medical services and education to people especially those in the rural areas.

The donation was announced by Rev. Dr. Lorna Crosse founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lorna Crosse International Ministries who was a guest during the opening of Kanzize Kyondo Health Centre in Masulita sub-county, Wakiso district. During her stay in the country, Rev. Dr.

14 Dec 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:
Update of El Niño:

Synopsis: ENSO-neutral or weak La Niña conditions are likely during the next 6-9 months.

07 Dec 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:
Locust Update:

The FAO (http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html) was last updated on November 29 indicating that the Desert Locust situation remains calm in the summer breeding areas in the Sahel in West Africa. Small-scale breeding is occurring in Mauritania and Algeria.

Lake Tanganyika Earthquake:

05 Dec 2005 description

No.: 213/05

"The government is very concerned about how the arrest of the prominent opposition politician Kizza Besigye will affect political developments in Uganda," said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

30 Nov 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four Months Lead:

March – May 2006

Southern Africa

The outlook for March-May 2006 southern Africa rainfall at four months lead shows a tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall across Namibia and locally over western Botswana. There is a tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall over southern and northern Angola, portions of central and northeastern Zambia, northern Mozambique, Malawi, and portions of southern Tanzania.

East Africa

26 Nov 2005 description


SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS

Sporadic attacks, specifically targeted at humanitarian organizations and personnel working in northern Uganda, threaten the provision of services to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and are once again dimming hopes of their return home. In Karamoja Region, households are enjoying normal food security following a near normal harvest this year. In bimodal areas, normal harvests are projected.

SEASONAL TIMELINE