Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 - Uganda
Total people in need: 2.4 million
Total children (<18) in need: 1.5 million
Total people to be reached in 2017: 1.5 million
Total children to be reached in 2017: 1 million
Uganda is hosting more than 865,000 refugees and asylum seekers, most of whom have fled crises in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. 3 Food security assessments signal a potential crisis and a rise in malnutrition in Karamoja by February 2017.4 A cholera outbreak that began in October 2015 has continued, with a case fatality rate of 2.9 per cent. More than 1 million people are at risk of disease outbreaks. The large and rapid refugee influx has severely strained social services, including health, education, water and sanitation, especially the settlements/transit centres hosting South Sudanese refugees. Based on current analysis, up to 380,000 more people may flee to Uganda in 2017 due to continued violence and civil unrest. Children make up 58 per cent of the refugee population, which includes unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) and other vulnerable groups. Adolescent refugees lack protection, support with menstruation management and reproductive health services, as well as formal learning.
Nutrition screening of new arrivals from South Sudan indicates severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition rates among children under 5 at 1.07 and 2 per cent, respectively
UNICEF works with the Government and partners to provide humanitarian support to over-stretched critical services for women, children and adolescents in Uganda, in line with longer-term, riskinformed efforts to build self-reliance within the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment framework. UNICEF provides technical guidance, equipment and supplies to high-risk and refugeehosting districts to support the expansion of routine social services for health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and child protection.
UNICEF employs a systems strengthening approach, building the adaptive and response capacity of districts affected by natural hazards, and supports government emergency preparedness and response efforts to mitigate the effects of disease outbreaks. Communication for Development is used as a cross-cutting approach to achieving programme results in all sectors. Accountability to affected populations, gender, HIV/AIDS and conflict-sensitive approaches are integrated into interventions.