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24 Nov 2017 description

EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM)

Two European experts and a mobile laboratory provided by the German Federal Foreign Office are being deployed to Kapchorwa district (Uganda).

It will offer on-the-spot diagnostic capacity and improve preparedness for future outbreaks of Marburg and other hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, giving support to Uganda’s health ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO) activities.

20 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

13 Nov 2017 description
  • While an epidemic has been going on for months in the south west of the country, another alert was raised in Kasese district in the west. An assessment made by Ugandan Red Cross Society (URCS) and the Ministry of Health confirmed the occurrence of a new outbreak with nine cases received in hospital, including three confirmed cases, since 4 November. One death is said to have happened in the community. URCS and the Ministry of Health will be responding in both management and community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities.

13 Nov 2017 description
  • The cumulative cases remain at three, with no new cases since the end of October.

  • Active case finding and contacts’ follow up are being reinforced, as well as the coordination with Kenyan health authorities.

  • The quarantine period was expanded to 7 December by the Ministry of Health.

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.

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.
23 Oct 2017 description
  • Since the Marburg outbreak declaration on 19 October, United Nations agencies and the Ministry of Health have started to send supplies and support to the two affected districts (Kween and Kapchorwa districts).

  • The rapid response team is still to issue a complete assessment report, but so far a cumulative number of 6 cases are reported, including the first suspect case among health staff. Samples were taken and results are still expected.

25 Aug 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting the Northern Uganda region over the past few days, causing casualties and damages.

  • According to local media, as of 25 August at 6:30 UTC, two people have gone missing and hundreds have been displaced and at least 3 000 people have been affected in the town of Elegu (Amuru district).

  • They also reported that several buildings and some bridges have been destroyed by the floods.
    Over the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rains are forecast to affect the area.

07 Jul 2017 description

Brussels, 7 July 2017

Additional humanitarian assistance of €60 million will help scale up the response in the three countries worst affected by drought in the Horn of Africa.

The European Commission has announced additional humanitarian assistance of €60 million to help people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, who have been facing critical levels of food insecurity due to severe drought.

23 Jun 2017 description

Key messages

  • Since 1 July 2016, Uganda faces the world fastest growing refugee crisis with continuous and unprecedented influx of refugees from South Sudan. By June 2017, the total number of refugees from South Sudan alone was over 950 000.
    An overwhelming majority (more than 86%) of the new arrivals are women and children.

22 Jun 2017 description

Uganda is now facing the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, due to a continuous and unprecedented influx of people fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan among others. The country is now hosting over 1.27 million refugees and asylum seekers.

21 Jun 2017 description

KAMPALA, 21 June 2017 - The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has contributed 2 million Euros – 8 billion Uganda shillings - to UNICEF’s emergency nutrition and education response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda.

“With over 2,000 South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda every day since July 2016, Uganda is now host to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world,” said Isabelle D'Haudt, ECHO’s Humanitarian Advisor for Uganda. 

30 Apr 2017 description
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Horn of Africa – version 1
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Technical annex – version 1

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is conditional upon the necessary appropriations being made available from the 2017 general budget of the European Union.

AMOUNT: 132 250 000 EUR

29 Mar 2017 description

South Sudan

From February to July 2017, Leer and Mayendit are classified in Famine, while Koch county has an elevated risk of famine.

Fews-net, TWG (South Sudan IPC Technical Working Group), ERC (IPC’s Emergency Review Committee)