- South Sudan Situation: Uganda Refugee Response Plan - Midyear Update, Jan-Jun 2017
- UNICEF Uganda Humanitarian Situation Report - 1-30 September 2017
- FEWS NET Uganda: Key Message Update, September 2017
Appeals & Funding
- Uganda: 2017 Refugee Humanitarian Needs Overview - South Sudan, Burundi and DRC Refugee Response Plans
- 2017 South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan Revised (May 2017)
- Horn of Africa cross-border drought action plan 2017: Required response to safeguard livestock-based livelihoods in cross-border areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda, March – June 2017
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- 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
- Uganda: Landslides - Jun 2012
By Evelyn Lirri
Beatrice Cheptoyet underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) at the age of 16. That was three decades ago.
At the time, it was common practice for girls from her Sabiny tribe as well as a section of the Karimojong tribes of eastern and northeastern Uganda to undergo the procedure as a rite of passage into womanhood.
African countries are facing a maize shortage and losses running into billions of dollars due to the devastation caused by the fall armyworm.
A new report released by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent’s major maize producing economies between $2.2 billion and $5.5 billion per year in lost maize harvests.
While Uganda produces close to four million tonnes of maize annually, Agriculture Minister Vincent Sempijja said that the impact of the armyworm infestation could be responsible for the loss of at least 450,000 tonnes of maize or $192.8 million worth of maize exports.
First reported in Nigeria in January 2016, the fall armyworm has since spread to Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Togo, and Ghana.
-Maize production is expected to decline by between 20 and 30 per cent this crop year due to insufficient long rains and infestation by the fall armyworm across 27 counties.
A ban on maize exports by Tanzania saw exports to Kenya plunge by 54 per cent below average, and mostly through informal channels, according to Ministry of Agriculture data.
Uganda reported the last case of the polio virus in 2006, but with the recent influx of refugees, especially those fleeing South Sudan, the risk of the disease re-entering the country are high, according to Tabley Basajjatebadiba, the Assistant Commissioner for Health Services.
A total of 72 districts, including those hosting refugees in West Nile, the north and western parts of the country, and districts where general immunisation remains low have been identified as the key targets for this campaign.
More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.
The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.
By RAYMOND TAMALE
One person has been killed and ten others are missing in a village in Sironko district following a series of landslides that have hit eastern Uganda, the police said Thursday.
In the last two weeks, landslides have been reported in Bududa district in the Mount Elgon area as well as neighbouring Sironko, destroying homes and property, and displacing hundreds of residents.
Deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, confirmed that one person died in Sironko. She added that search and rescue operations were underway for those reported missing.
- The thinking is driven by conclusions that the worm and its rapid spread might have been as a result of climate change.
- Currently, Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture is evaluating the extent of the damage caused by the worms’ invasion to the first season’s crop.
- Scientists advise that control measures be considered when egg masses are present on five per cent of the plants or when 25 per cent of the plants show damage symptoms and larvae are still present.
By HALIMA ABDALLAH
Uganda's Health Ministry has said it is rolling out a mass immunisation campaign against measles for children under the age of five, as a measure to control an outbreak of the disease.
The director of health services, Prof Anthony Mbonye, announced an outbreak of the disease in the capital Kampala and the neighbouring district of Wakiso, where 67 cases were reported in July.
“The Ministry of Health is undertaking a number of measures to control the spread of the disease, including investigating the extent of its spread in Kampala and Wakiso,” said Prof Mbonye.
By Beatrice Materu
East African states have recorded a drop in annual headline inflation for the year ending June 2017, mostly due to a decline in food and non-beverage prices.
Tanzania recorded 5.4 per cent year-on-year inflation in June 2017, from 6.1 per cent in the previous month.
Kenya recorded a drop compared to its EAC counterparts, of 2.49 per cent, from 11.7 per cent the previous month to 9.21 per cent in June 2017, spurred by a slowdown in prices of fresh food and fuels.
Refugee Solidarity summit in Kampala brought in pledges of $358.6m (Ushs1.25 trillion), which although was praised by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General António Guterres as a good starting point, is still far less of the earlier intended goal by $1.6b (Ushs5 trillion).
The lukewarm response to Uganda’s solidarity with a refugee population of close to 1.3 million refugees out of which 950,000 are from South Sudan, is a reflection of the growing void in humanitarian aid funding for the South Sudan crisis.
At a rally organised for a team led by Burundi Minister for Home Affairs Pascal Barandagiye, the refugees in Nakivale settlement demanded justice, an African Union force to protect those opposed to the government, and the resignation of President Pierre Nkurunziza before they could return home.
Burundian officials who had travelled to Uganda to persuade their nationals to return home left empty-handed after they were met with a hostile reception.
By RAYMOND TAMALE
For Martin Kasirye, living in Kampala has never been an easy decision but there is no other option available to him. The commercial taxi operator who resides in a two room apartment located in makindye, a Kampala suburb, takes care of his family of four with the meager funds he makes daily.
On average, the 30-year old makes Ush25,000 ($7). He pays Ush250,000 ($72) for his two room apartment. Times have become more difficult for martin and he is thinking about moving his family back to the village in Mpigi district.
By ALLAN OLINGO
More than eight million people are facing starvation in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Burundi due to a poor harvest that has stretched the region’s food reserves.
In Kenya, more than one million people, mostly in the northeastern and coastal areas, are facing starvation; in Uganda, the below-average crop production due to drought has left close to half a million people in Karamoja, Teso, Acholi and West Nile regions exposed to hunger.
By EVELYN LIRRI
Amid rising concern over the risk of disease outbreaks, the Uganda government is carrying out mass polio and measles immunisation for children who have recently escaped fighting in South Sudan.
The immunisation drive is being conducted at settlement points, where people have sought temporary shelter and targets all children under the age of five years.
By BERNARD BUSUULWA
- The Aga Khan University has commissioned 55 recent nursing graduates from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda, to serve in the country’s health sector, thereby boosting the quality of medical professionals in the country.
The Aga Khan University has commissioned 55 recent nursing graduates from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda, to serve in the country’s health sector, thereby boosting the quality of medical professionals in the country.
By IVAN R. MUGISHA
Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 16:52
•Rwanda is in negotiations with Israel over the terms for accommodating refugees from Africa who are seeking asylum in Jerusalem.
•In October last year, Israeli authorities said 3,000 asylum seekers had left Israel for a “third country,” without mentioning the country.
•But only seven registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Rwanda, all of them Eritreans, and only eight, mostly from Sudan, in Uganda, according to the BBC.
By GAAKI KIGAMBO
To make the most of the remaining 45 days of campaigning, leaders are certain to drive up political temperatures and probably spark more violent confrontations than have been reported so far, some analysts say.
Analysts say the triggers likely to spark off violent confrontation are varied and range from continued interferences in other candidates’ campaign activities to perceptions of unfairness in any part of the electoral process.
Uganda has embarked on an indoor residual spraying campaign that it hopes will reduce the country’s malaria cases to near zero by 2020.
Through the campaign, the Ministry of Health will spray insecticide in houses, walls and domestic animal shelters that act as breeding grounds for malaria-infected mosquitoes.
Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health said 4.5 million people in 16 districts in east and northern Uganda, where the burden of malaria is highest, have been targeted for this campaign.