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18 Jan 2019 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Using Community Based Surveillance to improve early detection of Ebola outbreak in western Uganda

31 Dec 2018 description

In 2018, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent responded to 34 emergencies in 22 countries across Africa where millions were affected by natural disasters, epidemics, population movement, complex emergencies and food insecurity.

24 Dec 2018 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

On May 8t 2018 the 9th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared by the Ministry of Health. On 1st of August 2018, just one week after the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak in Equator province, the 10th Ebola epidemic of the DRC was declared in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Both provinces are among the most populated areas in the DRC and bordering with Uganda and Rwanda.

20 Dec 2018 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 3.2 million Swiss francs (increased from 2.4 million Swiss francs), to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to continue supporting the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) to deliver assistance and support for 18,000 people for 18 months (extended from 12 months), with a focus on the following areas of focus: Shelter; Health; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion (WASH) and Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI).

14 Dec 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

As Ebola remains a major health threat Uganda, a number of preparedness interventions have been put in place to avert the epidemic.The Ebola outbreak broke out in neighboring DR-Congo in August 2018. Given the proximity of Uganda to North Kivu province, where a number of people have died of the same disease, Uganda remains among the countries with the highest risk of getting Ebola.

14 Nov 2018 description

by Irene Amuron, Climate Centre, Kampala

Ugandan government agencies, including the Office of the Prime Minister, last week said they were joining the Ugandan Red Cross, the Climate Centre, the University of Reading’s Walker Institute and other partners in the specialist research project, National-scale impact-based forecasting of flood risk in Uganda (NIMFRU).

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

05 Nov 2018 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

Following the confirmation of Ebola cases in Kashenyi at the shores of lake albert in DRC, 40km from thee landing site in Uganda about 3 weeks ago; and the continued conflict in Beni which has hampered the Ebola control efforts, the WHO risk level of the outbreak spreading to Uganda has been increased from high to very high nationally and regionally, but still seen low globally. This calls for strengthening and scaling up of current interventions.

02 Nov 2018 description

One of the biggest biometric verification processes ever undertaken has confirmed that Uganda is hosting 1.1 million refugees, by far the largest number in Africa and the third largest worldwide. With the scale of the crisis now confirmed, the international community should ensure the response is appropriately funded. As the end of the year approaches, the 2018 response plan has received just 42% of the required funds.

22 Oct 2018 description

During the 12 month reporting period, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Law Programme (DLP) continued its work promoting legal preparedness for disasters. Pursuant to the mandates assigned to the IFRC at the 28th, 30th, 31st and 32nd International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the programme focused on supporting National Societies (NSs) to meet the following main goals:

19 Oct 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) on 17th October launched an appeal to the general public to raise 1.2 Billion shillings to support victims of the Bududa landslides and other neighboring districts that might be at risk. This is expected to benefit over 5000 people in the disaster prone districts of the Elgon region; Bududa, Namisindwa, Butalejja, and Manafwa. These battle with effects of climate change almost every year and there is urgent need to prepare for more disasters.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross with support from the Belgian Red Cross have been among the first to take relief aid to the families affected in the Thursday landslides in Suume Parish, Bukalasi Sub County-Bududa district. Following last week’s heavy down pours in the area, River Suume burst its banks forcing large volumes of water, and rolling boulders down the slopes. These destroyed and washed over 139 households and 43 lives have been lost.

17 Oct 2018 description

Kinshasa/Nairobi/Geneva, 17 October 2018 – Conflict and insecurity are hampering Ebola responders’ work, raising fear that the outbreak may reach a tipping point that sees the virus to spread to more provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) and neighbouring countries, warns the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

In response to this, as well as a recent upsurge of Ebola cases in DR Congo, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is scaling-up community-level preparedness in four countries.

05 Oct 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

At least about 2,000 people are screened daily at the different entry points bordering Uganda and the Democratic of Congo. This number doubles during market days as more people enter Uganda for business, or as more refugees enter Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Uganda.” Says Paul Okot Bitex – Uganda Red Cross Ebola Preparedness Response Coordinator.

14 Sep 2018 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 2.4 million Swiss francs, increased from 1.9 million Swiss francs, to enable the IFRC to support the Uganda National Red Cross Society to deliver assistance and support for 18,000 people for 12 months in shelter, health, WATSAN and Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI).

In June 2018, a shelter assessment was conducted with support from the Luxembourg Red Cross, with the objective to:

24 Aug 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

The April 2018 floods and landslides that hit Teso region in Eastern Uganda left communities devastated and in ruins; no food, shelter, household property and other basic needs. The heavy downpours that lasted for months washed away people’s homes, crops and left almost an entire region starving and displaced. About five people died in this catastrophe and thousands got displaced while fleeing to safety.

08 Aug 2018 description

by Shaban Mawanda, Climate Centre, Kampala

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) last Friday became the latest National Society to sign a memorandum of understanding with its National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), expanding its existing operational support in critical areas and reflecting a joint desire to “develop cooperation in fields related to their mandates”.

27 Jul 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

We are changing our responses from intervening when a disaster has happened to supporting communities before a disaster strikes'

NEW APPROACH TO DISASTER INTERVENTIONS

Why should Government and its partners respond after a disaster has taken place yet it can intervene before the disaster and save lives as well as money? This is what has influenced Uganda Red Cross to change its approach to disaster interventions.