Uganda: Measles Outbreak - Aug 2013
In January 2013, a measles outbreak was confirmed in Hoima district, followed by a protracted sequence of outbreaks in Kyenjojo in April, Isingiro in June, Mubende in July, and Kamwenge in August. By mid-August, 57 confirmed cases and two deaths had been recorded. A UNEPI/UNICEF report from 2011 estimates the number of un-vaccinated children in Uganda at over 1 million. (IFRC, 22 Aug 2013)
As of 6 Oct, a total of 129 cases had been reported with only two deaths since the declaration of the outbreak. With the implementation of measles supplementary immunization activities and intensification of routine immunization in Isingiro and Kyenjojo, the cases in these affected districts have drastically reduced. (IFRC, 8 Nov 2013)
The response operation was successfully completed by end of December with an end of campaign field survey to estimate the impact of URCS activities. A preliminary final report was issued on 2 June, 2014 pending the availability of the final financial report. A balance of CHF 5,179 at the close of the operation will be returned to DREF. This final report contains a detailed outline of the activities implemented during the timeframe of the operation. (IFRC Final report, 20 Feb 2015)
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Summary: CHF 116,006 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in delivering assistance to 999,068 children from 6 months to 15 years vulnerable to a measles outbreak.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Uganda confirmed an outbreak of measles in Kamwenge district on 9 August, 2013.
Robert T. Perry, MD1, Marta Gacic-Dobo, MSc1, Alya Dabbagh, PhD1, Mick N. Mulders, PhD1, Peter M. Strebel, MBChB1, Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, MD1, Paul A. Rota, PhD2, James L. Goodson, MPH3 (Author affiliations at end of text)
CHF 116,006 was approved from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in delivering assistance to 999,068 children from 6 months to 15 years vulnerable to a measles outbreak. Un-earmarked funds to repay the DREF were encouraged.
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The Uganda Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan (HSSIP) (2010/11-2014/15) is the key Ministry of Health document to guide the health sector. It is the sector’s comprehensive national plan and provides the guiding framework for the detailed planning and implementation of health sector activities. It includes 26 core indicators and many of those have a baseline for 2010 or earlier, and a target for 2015.
The Health Sector Strategic and Investment plan (HSSIP) 2010/11-14/15 provides the overall strategic and implementation framework for the health sector priorities. It was intended to be implemented under five (5) major Strategic Objectives: 1) Scale up critical interventions 2) Improve access and demand 3) Accelerate quality and safety improvements 4) Improve efficiency and budget effectiveness and 5) Deepen Health Stewardship. A Mid Term Review of its implementation was carried out in line with the M&E Framework.
CHF 116,006 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 22 August, 2013 to support Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in responding to measles outbreak through accelerated social mobilization to reduce the risk of further spread amongst 1,845,000 people in the affected districts of Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Mubende and Isingiro in Uganda.
CHF 116,006 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in responding to measles outbreak through accelerated social mobilization to reduce the risk of further spread amongst 1,845,000 people in the affected districts of Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Mubende and Isingiro in Uganda. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.