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UNICEF Uganda Humanitarian Situation Report - September 2018



-The Uganda Ministry of Health and partners have intensified preparedness and response interventions following a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease in Tchomia health zone, near Lake Albert where the Democratic Republic of the Congo borders with Uganda.

  • Over 2,200 reports and questions on Ebola were received via SMS from U-Reporters. Most U-Reporters confirmed that they had heard about Ebola through radio, television, community awareness campaigns and posters.

  • A total of 349,811 individuals (186,536 female; 163,275 male) were reached with risk communication and hygiene promotion messages on Ebola prevention and control.

  • Over 1 million refugees have been biometrically verified in an exercise that kicked off in March 2018 in an effort to improve the reliability of refugee data.

  • Sixty per cent of the over 1.5 million refugees in Uganda are children who are in urgent need of basic services to keep them alive and thriving, safe and learning.

  • The 2018-2021 Education Response Plan for refugees and host communities, aimed at improving learning outcomes, was launched on 14 September 2018 by Uganda’s First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni.

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

Refugees: In September, Uganda received over 8,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and nearly 2,000 refugees from South Sudan according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Uganda continues to be home to over 1.5 million refugees, with over 1.1 million refugees from South Sudan, about 300,000 from the DRC, 40,000 from Burundi, and nearly 40,000 from Somalia, among other countries.

A total of 1,011,996 refugees have so far been verified in a refugee verification exercise initiated by the Prime Minister of Uganda and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in March 2018. The exercise is set to be completed by the end of 2018.

The First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni launched the 2018 – 2021 Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda on 14 September 2018. The plan is aimed at ensuring improved learning outcomes amongst the increasing numbers of refugee and host community children and adolescents across Uganda. Different stakeholders including the Ministry of Education and Sports, donors, civil society organizations and United Nations agencies contributed towards the production and launch of the plan.

The REACH Initiative with Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNHCR led a Joint Multi-Sector Needs Assessment (JMSNA) of refugees and host communities in Uganda. Findings included refugee identification for the purposes of targeted interventions and key population groups in specific areas with high levels of needs by sector and across sectors. The three regions analyzed include Midwest (Kiryandongo, Hoima), Northwest (Arua, Adjumani, Koboko, Lobule,
Moyo, Yumbe), and Southwest (Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kyegegwa).