Appeals & Response Plans
- Uganda: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Tanzania: Earthquake - Sept 2016
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jul 2016
- Uganda: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Uganda: Measles Outbreak - Aug 2013
- Uganda: Cholera Outbreak - May 2013
- Uganda: Floods - May 2013
- Uganda: Marburg Fever Outbreak - Oct 2012
- Uganda: Ebola Outbreak - Jul 2012
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- As Uganda confirms active cholera outbreak, UNHCR and health actors alarmed at deteriorating situation in Kyangwali
- WHO supports Government of Uganda to respond to the Cholera Outbreak among Refugees
- Uganda starts biometric verification of refugees
- Tens of thousands of children flee conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo in under two months
- Uganda - Cholera Outbreak (DG ECHO, Ugandan Ministry of Health) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 February 2018)
Thousands of Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have continued to infiltrate the country despite the already ongoing influx, and the recent cholera outbreak in refugee settlements. Uganda Red Cross society has been on ground to respond to both, the growing numbers of refugees and the continued spread of cholera especially in Kyangwali and Kyaka II refugee settlements.
Effects of inter-communal violence between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups that broke out in Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and attacks by Mai-Mai militia in North Kivu started in December 2017, resulted into mass displacement and population movement of people from the DRC to Uganda.
As Uganda ranks amongst the top African Countries receiving refugees, humanitarian agencies have had to work harder each day to support the ever growing number of refugees and ensure their well-being. Today, Uganda is home to 1.3 Million refugees from South Sudan, majority being mothers and children.
In traditional Africa, a girl becomes a woman when she starts her menstruation periods. Soiling one’s dress during this period is seen as a taboo. Women and adolescent girls try their best to live a normal life, play and run their usual chores as though no change has happened around them. This is okay under normal circumstances, but not in an emergency setting like the case for refugees. They move abruptly, un-prepared and are forced by circumstances. It is rare that they can afford any sanitary wears and getting their menstrual periods becomes an additional burden.
A Red Cross Perspective with the Emergency Response Module (M40) & Mass Sanitation Model (MSM)
By Irene Nakasiita
On behalf of the China Red Cross Society, the Chinese Embassy in Uganda has today handed over items worth 202,300USDs (Approx. UGX 1 billion) to Uganda Red Cross Society. The items were donated by the China Red Cross Society and channeled to Uganda through the China Sinopharm International Corporation, a privately owned company that coordinated the transportation of the goods up to the final recipient (Uganda Red Cross Society). The donated items include:
Since fighting broke out in South Sudan in July 2016, more South Sudanese refugees have continued entering Uganda fleeing violence and atrocities against humanity. This population movement has drastically increased number of south Sudanese refugees in Uganda. On a daily basis, Uganda receives about 2000 refugees from S. Sudan. Today, Uganda hosts 269,936 refugees from S. Sudan
Uganda Red Cross Volunteers on June 26th braved the night, cold and bloody boarder of Nimule – Connecting Uganda to South Sudan in rescue of refugees fleeing uncertainty when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan forcing thousands of people to flee to Uganda. The situation has since been tense and alarming. Hundreds of lives have been claimed in the fights and many more rescued because of the presence of Humanitarian support from key players like Uganda Red Cross.
This assessment report presents findings of the challenges faced by returnees who were affected by tribal conflicts and post elections in Bundibugyo district.
Uganda Red Cross on 14th November distributed 4950 preparedness items in flood-prone communities of Kapelebyong Sub County, and Amuria in a groundbreaking response, based on a scientific forecast of flooding in the region. The items have been procured with financial support from German Red Cross through a Disaster Preparedness Fund.
The Uganda Red Cross Society, with support from Netherlands Red Cross distributed scholastic materials to HIV orphans in six districts of Uganda (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Lira, Pader and Kitgum). These orphans have been part of the HIV/ OVC support project that has been running since 2010 when they were identified. The two national societies had supported 3000 Orphans & Vulnerable Children in many ways among which is keeping them is school.
The Uganda Red Cross Society with support from the Red Cross Society of China and The People’s Republic of China at large donated medical equipments to the local government of Manafwa district as part of a three year’s community Resilience project being implemented by URCS with funds from RCSC. Manafwa is one of the eastern Uganda districts that are affected with climate change and usually experience landslides.
On 20th June 2015, Uganda Red Cross Society joined other operating and implementing partners for Adjumani refugee settlements for the celebration of the world refugees’ day 2015 celebrated in Adjumani. The theme of the day was “REFUGEES ARE REGULAR PEOPLE, GET TO KNOW & SUPPORT THEM”. According to guest of honor, Gen. Moses Ali, the 2nd deputy prime minister, the theme reminds us that refugees have capacities just like any other person and these capacities have to be put to use.
Written by Willie Brens Wambedde
By Joan Kifuko & Hajara Nakayenga
Written by Willie Brens Wambedde
By Joan Kifuko, Hajarah Nakayenga & Willie Brens Wambedde
Hardly a week after the devastating landslide hit and killed 3 people including two minors and displacing more than 621 households in Bushika Sub County, Bududa district, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), has responded with Food and Non Food Items to the affected communities.
The delivered items include 20,000kg of maize flour, 10,000kg of beans, 234 jerry cans, 117 taurplins, 234 cooking pots, 585 cups and 585 plates.
By Douglas Nsibambi
Susan Onyango, IFRC
Freda Kajoki Igga, 28, is a volunteer at the Adjumani branch of the Uganda Red Cross Society. Since January 2014, she has been registering refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan. She has also been issuing ration cards and non-food relief items to the refugees.
Humanitarians all over the world work together and stand for the same cause. This was witnessed in a handover of office equipment and other aid to Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) by the Red Cross Society of China in a colorful ceremony held at URCS headquarter, Rubaga road, Kampala.Presided over by His Excellency Zhao Yali, the ambassador of the people’s Republic of China to Uganda and graced by Hon.
At least each day that passes more South Sudanese refugees enter Uganda and are registered at designated areas in Adjumani and Arua. Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) registers between300 to 700 refugees at Nyumanzi Reception Centre in Adjumani district on a daily basis.This in a way calls for more services ranging from health, water, food and other essential basic life requirements.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi
The exercise supported by Uganda Red Cross Society is conducted at the camp where health teams and Red Cross medical volunteers immunize between 800-900 children on a daily basis.
URCS Under Secretary General Dr. Bildard Baguma who was on a monitoring visit to refugee operations in West Nile said the aim of immunization is to avert any disease outbreak among the children given the history of Polio in South Sudan.