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10 Nov 2017 description

Kapchorwa 10th November, 2017:- Political leaders, civil servants, health workers and security officers from Kenya and Uganda have agreed to establish mechanisms to share disease surveillance data across districts and borders in order to prevent or control disease outbreaks.

09 Nov 2017 description

Refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Uganda at an average rate of 35,000 a month this year

  • More than a million South Sudanese refugees are in Uganda
  • Delays and funding cuts means many are desperate for food
  • Some have gone back to forage and been killed

By Jason Patinkin

PALORINYA, Uganda, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Oliver Wani found sanctuary from South Sudan's civil war in a Ugandan refugee camp. But when the food ran out, he returned home only to be killed in the conflict he had fled.

08 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 19 October, 2017, the Uganda Ministry of Health officially declared Marburg Viral Disease (MVD) outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International concern. By 31 October, three cases and three deaths were reported in Kween and Kapchorwa districts. The current outbreak remains localized. UNICEF supports the social mobilisation, WASH and logistics components of the MVD response.

08 Nov 2017 description

Kween, 8th November, 2017: The Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) response activities in Kween district eastern Uganda are now in full throttle despite initial scepticism from sections of the community. Association of the disease with witchcraft, poor information flow from the treatment centre to the community, inadequate logistics, terrain of the area and presence of few partners on ground were major challenges in the initial stages of the response.

07 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • WHO has declared Kenya on alert due to high risk of contamination from the Marburg outbreak in Uganda and the Plague outbreak in Madagascar, Preparedness and preventive actions are ongoing.

  • The Nurses’ strike was officially called off on 2nd November.

  • In 2017, a total of 339,971 children have benefitted from health services through emergency teams and campaigns to mitigate the negative effects of the nurse’s trike on health coverage.

07 Nov 2017 description

On 17 October 2017, the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MoH) notified WHO of a confirmed outbreak of Marburg virus disease in Kween District, Eastern Uganda. The Ministry for Health officially declared the outbreak on 19 October 2017.

As of 3 November, the three cases that have been previously reported (two confirmed and one probable case, the latter being the index case) have died, thus, resulting in an overall case-fatality rate of 100%. The cases were epidemiologically linked and come from one family.

07 Nov 2017 description

Juba Gumbo Park FMP

  • Demographic data: 1,414 individuals were recorded transiting Juba Gumbo Flow Monitoring Point (FMP) during the reporting period (up from 733 the previous week). 717 individuals (51%) were children of which 184 were under five years old (13%). 533 individuals were between the ages of 5 and 17 years (38%). The majority of the transiting population were women (825 women making up 58%) while 589 men were recorded transiting Juba Gumbo Park (42%).

07 Nov 2017 description
report Direct Relief

Uganda has received over 1 million South Sudanese refugees alone since July 2016, with over 80 percent being women and children. The surge of refugees is due to the recent spread of armed conflict throughout South Sudan, which shares a border with Uganda to the south.

When violence broke out in 2013, fighting was initially contained to specific regions. In July of 2016, this began to shift and conflict spread into new regions, displacing millions.

06 Nov 2017 description

Richard Mallet and Rachel Slater

Type: Briefing Paper

Organisation: ODI

Date: 21/09/2017

Full summary

This synthesis briefing outlines the background and findings of the SLRC longitudinal panel survey, which was conducted in 2012 and 2015 in five countries of 10,000 people.

06 Nov 2017 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Dengue fever in Senegal

Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

Plague in Madagascar

Marburg virus disease in Uganda

Yellow fever in Nigeria

Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic

06 Nov 2017 description
  • With further laboratory confirmation, the cumulative number of deaths remains at two confirmed and one probable. A recent, additional suspected case is notified among health staff. The suspected case that was followed in Kenya turned out to be negative.

  • Kween and Kapchorwa health district authorities have been reinforced with epidemiologists and field management staff. Some alerts are reported in four of the neighbouring districts.

06 Nov 2017 description

Kween District, 4th November 2017:- As the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) continues to unfold in Kween district, eastern Uganda, frontline health workers battling the outbreak have been urged to nurture local capacity to be able to respond to both the current and future outbreaks.

05 Nov 2017 description

CONTEXT

The sociopolitical and economic situation stemming from the political crisis in 2015 in Burundi continues to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, leading to an increase of humanitarian needs as well as ongoing external and internal displacement.

03 Nov 2017 description

KARAMOJA

  • Generally, the average prices for cereals continue to decline. Average price for maize grain and sorghum were lower by 16-13 percent respectively in September compared to August, due to low demand. Prices for maize grain and sorghum were significantly lower in Abim and Kotido;

  • In September, average prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans were fairly stable compared to 2016 and the long term (2013-2016) average, due to improved supplies on the markets;

03 Nov 2017 description

03 NOVEMBER 2017 | NAIROBI – The World Health Organization is helping the Kenyan Ministry of Health guard against the spread of Marburg Virus Disease from neighbouring Uganda.

Health authorities are strengthening preparedness measures in Trans Nzoia and West Pokot counties along the border with Uganda, where an outbreak was officially declared on 19 October.