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31 Oct 2017 description

KYEGEGWA – Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October with a call from the United Nations Resident Coordinator to strengthen the ability of communities to manage disaster risks.

She made the call during celebrations to mark the day at Kazinga Primary School in Kyegegwa District.

The day whose theme was ‘Home Safe Home: reducing exposure, reducing displacement’ emphasised the need to protect communities.

30 Oct 2017 description

Two teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are currently intervening in eastern Uganda, supporting local health authorities and partner organisations in responding to an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever.

So far, three people died from the disease (one suspect case and two confirmed cases) on 25 September, 13 October and 26 October respectively. They all belonged to the same family. The first two cases died in Kapchorwa hospital, while the third case died in the treatment unit in Kween health centre. 

30 Oct 2017 description

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 ongoing events, including:

  • Marburg virus disease in Uganda

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Malaria in Cabo Verde

  • Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire

  • Cholera in Zambia

  • Cholera in north-east Nigeria.

30 Oct 2017 description

1,381,207 Total refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of 30 September 2017)

1,034,106 Total S.Sudan refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of 30 September 2017)

347,389 S.Sudan new arrival in country (1 Jan - 18 Sept 2017)

61% Of population are children under 18

82% of the Population are women and children <18

3% Of the population are eldery

51% Of all South Sudan refugees are in Uganda

29 Oct 2017 description

The number of cumulative cases has grown to 15 - two confirmed, four suspected, three probable cases and six ruled out.

In Kween district, our team managed to get a high risk contact who has been in hiding and was found to have developed Marburg-like symptoms.

29 Oct 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

28 Oct 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries are providing five chapels and working to set up a nursery and primary school in the Palabek Refugee Camp in northern Uganda. The refugee camp is currently hosting 34,000 South Sudanese refugees. The camp was officially set up in April 2016 to reduce congestion in larger refugee camps in the north-western corner of Uganda. Uganda hosts close to 1.3 million refugees within its boundaries.

28 Oct 2017 description

2,096,139* Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 Sept (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

637,455* South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 30 September

279,160 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.87 million IDPs as of 30 September

Regional Highlights

27 Oct 2017 description

In September, close to 3,000 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers were newly recorded in the region. The largest number was recorded in Uganda with 1,154 newly registered Burundian refugees.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, growing insecurity and fighting in the territories of Fizi and Uvira, has led to a suspension on works on the new site of Mulongwe, which aims to decongest Lusenda camp.
In Tanzania, the number of Burundian asylum seeker arrivals dropped to lowest since April 2015, as admission through border entry points in Kigoma region remained a challenge.

27 Oct 2017 description

Kween District, 27th October 2017: In the ongoing Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) outbreak in Kween district eastern Uganda, community engagement responders are faced with several rumours, misinformation and strong negative beliefs that seem to underpin outbreak.

27 Oct 2017 description
  • The number of confirmed cases remains stable, while suspected cases and contacts are being followed.
  • The United Nations agencies deployed logistics and financial means in order to support the district teams of the Ministry of health. Médecin Sans Frontières is dealing with case management while the Uganda Red Cross (with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) are active in the communities.
26 Oct 2017 description

Kampala, Oct 26, IRNA – Iran-Uganda hospital was inaugurated in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, in a ceremony attended by visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday.

Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa also was present in the ceremony.

Zarif also toured different sections of 50-bed hospital financed in collaboration with the Islamic Republic's private sectors and Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

26 Oct 2017 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

The 160-kilometre journey from the capital of South Sudan to the town of Yei in the south-west of the country should take no more than a couple of hours.

But war and weather have damaged the main route from Juba so badly that it has been largely impassable for months. It is not just the roads that have been washed away in the torrential downpours during rainy season but also important infrastructure, making it impossible for motorists, including traders, to travel safely.

26 Oct 2017 description

Juba Gumbo Park

  • 680 individuals were recorded transiting through the FM Point during the reporting period. Among them 360 Ind. (53%) are children under 5 years old (89 ind. – 13% ) and youths between 6 and 17 years (271 ind. – 40%). 413 are women (60%) and 267 men (40%).

  • Individuals entering South Sudan from Uganda are 171 (25%) and they are all going to Juba. Main reason for movements is “Shortage of Food” (117 ind. – 68%) followed by “To seek education and Health facilities” (33 ind. – 19%)

25 Oct 2017 description

On 17 October 2017, the Ugandan Ministry of Health 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 24 October, five cases have been reported – one confirmed case, one probable case with an epidemiological link to the confirmed case, and three suspected cases including two health workers.

25 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

We can’t afford to lose an entire generation to the war

By Mike Brand Director of advocacy and programmes at Jewish World Watch, an organisation that works to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide

“There are no opportunities for youth here,” said Yar, a 20-year-old South Sudanese refugee from Jonglei, stuck in the Nyumanzi refugee settlement in northern Uganda.

Read more on IRIN.

25 Oct 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Jacqueline Weyer, Senior Medical Scientist, National Institute for Communicable Diseases

25 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 104,095 cholera / AWD cases and 1562 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 1.5%) have been reported in 12 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2017. These countries include; Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia,
South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Somalia accounts for 75% of the total cases reported in 2017, followed by South Sudan at 15.9%.