• Biometric registration and verification: From March to September 2018, UNHCR biometrically verified over one million refugees in nine settlements out of the 1.4 million refugees currently residing in the thirteen settlements in Uganda. All verified refugees received a new food ration card that is linked to the biometric information management system. During distribution, refugees’ iris and fingerprints are scanned and validated before their food entitlements are approved. In addition to Lubole, Imvepi, Kiryandongo, Nakivale, Oruchinga, and Palabek settlement areas, WFP started implementation of new food assistance collection procedures in Rhino camp and Zone 4 and 5 of Bidibidi settlements in West Nile where biometric verification was completed.
• Over 452,000 refugees are served using the new food assistance collection procedures. The introduction of the new collection procedure has increased transparency, accountability and drastically reduced the time it takes to collect food.
• Ebola preparedness actions: In September 2018, the Uganda National Ebola Task Force increased surveillance activities and monitoring of contacts around porous transit points along the border of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda following confirmed cases in Tchomia town in Ituri Province in DRC. The proximity of Tchomia to Uganda, the participation of individuals in burials of Ebola victims, and daily movement of traders and refugees across the borders increases the risk of the virus spreading to Uganda.
• As of 30 September 2018, no Ebola Virus Disease cases were reported in Uganda, however as part of prepared actions, WFP circulated standard operating procedures to staff and cooperating partners on the enhanced measures to ensure safe food distributions.