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Uganda: Communities empowered to reduce vulnerability

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Twenty communities in 11 districts of Uganda have been organized, trained and supported to take specific actions to reduce their vulnerability and strengthen their copying capacity to manage disaster risks. This was carried out by Uganda Red Cross Society in partnership with British Red Cross, Department of International Development (DFID), International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swedish Red Cross.

URCS implemented DFID supported activities in HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence, Malaria, Water and Sanitation activities in Pader, Lira, Katakwi, Abim, Kotido, Kyangwali refugee settlement and Kitgum.URCS was chosen by the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to conduct the field testing of the PASSA tool on account of the interventions during the floods operation in Katakwi and Amuria districts.

In Kisoro, URCS orientation in Disaster Risk Reduction was conducted for the Branch Governing Board and to 25 Local Government officials. In addition, four community based disaster risk reduction groups were formed in Kisoro and Paliisa districts to guide on the implementation of the project, being funded by URCS. These district branches were further supported logistically with 80 bicycles, a computer each, motor bicycles, mobile internet modems and IT equipment to support disaster management work in the regions.

According to a Disaster Management quarterly report, URCS participated in an OXFAM partnership review meeting in Bundibugyo and Kasese districts, geared towards enhancing resource mobilization to support disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities in the Rwenzori region. The DRR programme supported Bundibugyo and Kasese branches to develop a concept for the next phase funding from OXFAM.

In issues concerning climate change, URCS participated in an Executive Committee meeting with the Climate Change Action Network- Uganda (CAN-U) and also hosted a high profile team from Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and MUK on 7TH September 2009 where activities for the Global Climate Change Week were drafted and a concept developed. The National Society also participated in a public dialogue in which recommendations were drafted to be presented to the Uganda delegations during the UN COP 15 in Copenhagen in an effort to increase awareness on climate change among 98 participants.

BY JACQUELINE ZAWEDDE