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18 Apr 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

BUTALEJA- Torrential rain being experienced in several parts of eastern Uganda has caused floods which have damaged bridges and roads. Leresi Bridge on Mbale- Butaleja Road has been damaged making transport along the route difficult.

The bridge on River Manafwa, which was constructed in 1960s, was submerged on Monday after a heavy down pour. Commuters who use the road are stranded.

Motorists have been forced to divert to Bunghanji-Budaka District to connect to Mbale town.

The most affected sub counties are Himutu, Mazimasa, Kachonga and Butaleja town council.

18 Apr 2018 description
report New Vision

Africa will learn from Uganda again, when a newly commissioned continental study on selected pathogenic diseases including Ebola, Marburg, Meningitis, and Lassa Fever is concluded sometime next year.

The study by African Risk Capacity Outbreak and Epidemic (ARCO&E) Programme — a subset of the African Union — seeks to model epidemic risk for the pathogens, optimise early warning systems, create contingency plans for rapid response and open access to quick disbursing financing through a parametric insurance mechanism.

18 Apr 2018 description

KAMPALA (17 April 2018) - The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$ 6 million to the United Nations to support refugees and host communities in Uganda over a period of one year from March 2018 to March 2019. The support will go to four UN agencies including; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

18 Apr 2018 description

KAMPALA – 17/04/2018 – As part of its strategic plan to eliminate Cholera in Uganda, Ministry of Health is set to roll out the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) in Cholera prone districts. The districts that will benefit from this plan - also known as Cholera hotspots are; Hoima, Buliisa, Pakwach, Nebbi, Kasese, Ntoroko, Zombo, Moyo, Busia, Namayingo and Arua. The vaccination will be done in a phased manner as follows:

18 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children

As thousands of Congolese refugees arrive in Uganda each week, a new assessment by Save the Children has found that 10% of newly arrived children said they were raped during their journey to Uganda.

17 Apr 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

In Summary

Residents have been encouraged to boil water before drinking, eat warn food, wash hands before and after eating, avoid fetching water from swamps/rivers, avoid eating foods or drinking juices sold on roadsides, embrace good pit-latrines practices.

By MUDANGHA KOLYANGHA

14 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Uganda is host to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. As a result, Uganda is now Africa’s leading refugee-hosting country and has jumped from the 8th largest refugee-hosting country in the world in mid-2016 to the 3rd largest, after Turkey and Pakistan, today.

• UNICEF and partners are supporting the Government respond to the increasing refugee influx from DRC. In addition to conflict, the refugees have experienced a cholera outbreak that has affected over 2,000 people, including 40 deaths.

13 Apr 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

In the evening of Monday the 18 December 2017, the district of Kanungu, Kisoro and Bundibugyo in Western Uganda, experienced a heightened influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing violence in North Kivu and Ituri regions. That week was characterized by two major developments: the unexpected surge of arrivals to Kyangwalli Settlement through the Lake Albert route and the arrival of Congolese refugees to Kyaka II settlement. More than 40,000 Congolese new arrivals have been received in Uganda since 1st December 2017.

13 Apr 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

Salesian missionaries have been operating the Don Bosco Children and Life Mission (CALM), located in the town of Namugongo just 10 miles northeast of the city of Kampala in Central Uganda since 2006. The organization, which was launched in 2001, was initially headed up by Comboni missionaries and a Jesuit priest before the Salesians were asked to operate the center.

13 Apr 2018 description

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, April 13 (Reuters) - Uganda is considering a request from Israel to take in 500 migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, a minister said on Friday, the first time the East African nation has acknowledged it is in talks over such a deal.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

12 Apr 2018 description

$470.6 million
UNHCR's financial requirements 2018
Funded 39.4 million
Funding gap 431.1 million

12 Apr 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross West Nile Refugee Response team of hygiene promoters on the 26th March 2018 launched the sanitation week across the 36 villages of Imvepi refugee settlement. This was organised in collaboration with other partners that included the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), UNHCR, OXFAM, Unicef Uganda, Danish Refugees Council (DRC), among others. The purpose of the Sanitation Week is to intensify and increase knowledge on proper Hygiene and Sanitation management in the refugee hosting communities for promotion of good health.

07 Apr 2018 description

Uganda is slowly but surely moving toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which is the cornerstone for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 3 on the global development agenda. This was the consensus from participants at a high-level breakfast meeting hosted by the World Health Organization Country Office in commemoration of World Health Day 2018 which also marks the 70th birthday of the organization.

06 Apr 2018 description

Uganda is currently hosting the highest number of refugees in the country’s history, and is receiving simultaneous emergency influxes from South Sudan, DRC and Burundi.

The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has exceeded one million, and the daily arrival rate remains high. Arrivals from DRC have risen since Late December 2017. Chronic underfunding of the refugee response is threatening humanitarian organisations’ ability to continue delivering lifesaving and critical assistance.

06 Apr 2018 description

6,397 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda during the month of March, at an average daily rate of 208, bringing the total number to 1,053,598.

Refugees report fleeing primarily out of fear of being killed by fighters from either side of the conflict inside South Sudan. Other reasons of flight include, hunger and lack of social services.

Despite the ceasefire agreement signed in December 2017 between the warring parties in South Sudan, the humanitarian situation remains unpredictable.

Operational Context

05 Apr 2018 description

Nairobi/Geneva, 5 April 2018 — The increasing flow of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has put Ugandan health facilities in affected areas under unprecedented strain at a time when inadequate hygiene conditions have already led to a deadly cholera outbreak.

05 Apr 2018 description
report UNAIDS

New data show that the test and treat approach is having a significant impact on the number of people accessing HIV treatment. After Uganda adopted such an approach in 2017, according to government data the number of men newly initiated on treatment rose from 60 000 in 2016 to 80 000 in 2017, while the number of women newly initiated on treatment increased from 107 000 to 138 000 in the same time period.

05 Apr 2018 description

Thursday, April 5, 2018 — The humanitarian situation of people in DRC and Uganda who were displaced after violence in Ituri province remains concerning. Following the high levels of violence against the population since end of December 2017 in Ituri province, tens of thousands of people remain displaced. MSF is working in and around the town on Bunia, on the lakeshore and around the town of Mahagi. In Bunia itself, MSF is supporting basic healthcare in three health centres, and is helping with referrals from outlying centres.

04 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

April 04, 2018 10:39 AM
Halima Athumani

KYANGWALI, UGANDA — The refugee population in Uganda stands at more than 1.4 million and growing, thanks to conflicts in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The influx is forcing Uganda to rethink its decades-old policy of allocating plots of land for refugees to farm and live on.

The Congolese refugees arrive on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert aboard rickety boats.

More than 60,000 have come since the start of the year. They are fleeing a fresh wave of communal violence in the northeastern D.R.C.