20 OCTOBER 2017 | GENEVA - WHO is working to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD) that has appeared in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya.
At least one person is confirmed to have died of MVD and several hundred people may have been exposed to the virus at health facilities and at traditional burial ceremonies in Kween District, a mountainous area 300 kilometres northeast of Kampala.
During the first two weeks of September, Watchlist conducted field research in northern Uganda with South Sudanese refugees on attacks on medical facilities and personnel and denial of humanitarian access in South Sudan. Interviews were conducted in several refugee settlements throughout northern Uganda, including Bidi Bidi, Imvepi, and Rhino, with current and former health workers, community leaders, and persons who had been unable to access lifesaving health care in South Sudan, due in part to attacks on clinics and hospitals.
WFP has issued eight contracts to small-scale farmer groups to supply 340 metric tons of maize grain through its first direct food purchase in Uganda.
WFP is running out of funds to provide food and nutrition assistance to 1.2 million refugees.
Despite the continued support from traditional and new donors, and new contributions received in recent months, the operation requires USD 51.2 million for the next six months (October 2017 - March 2018).
The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that there is a confirmed case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in the country. This followed laboratory tests conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) which confirmed that one person had died of Marburg Virus Disease, a type of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHF) on 17th October 2017.
Early Warnings by Region!
South western: During August at the start of the second season rainfall and planting season, below normal rainfall was received, but the rainfall trend picked up to above normal in September. Therefore, favourable conditions in districts of Kanungu, Kisoro, Kabale, Rukungiri and Ntungamo; and watch conditions in the districts along in the cattle corridor extending to the Western region.
In the first semester of 2017 alone, 316,782 new refugees from South Sudan sought safety in Uganda citing fears of physical and sexual violence, political uncertainty, forced recruitment of children, looting and conflict-induced famine as reasons for fleeing their country of origin. In May 2017 the RRP planning figure was revised upwards from 300,000 to 400,000 refugees to reflect the higher rate of arrivals in the first quarter of the year compared to initial projections.
Agreements with telecoms operators are helping South Sudanese families in the world’s biggest refugee settlement connect with essential services.
By Catherine Robinson | 16 October 2017
BIDIBIDI, Uganda – Brian Dinga, his sister-in-law and her six children fled their South Sudanese home in September 2016 after his brother was shot dead in fighting.
By Evelyn Lirri
Beatrice Cheptoyet underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) at the age of 16. That was three decades ago.
At the time, it was common practice for girls from her Sabiny tribe as well as a section of the Karimojong tribes of eastern and northeastern Uganda to undergo the procedure as a rite of passage into womanhood.
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda
Uganda has been hosting refugees for a long time, but the years 2016 and 2017 have presented the highest ever recorded inflows of refugees into the country with the current numbers standing at close to 1.3 million.
International Needs Australia (INA) is empowering farmers in the Buwikwe, Mukono and Kayanga Districts in Uganda, improving their knowledge and skills in farming methods and inputs, to increase food security and household income.
USAID’s Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally project (SPRING) is a six-year project to strengthen global and country efforts to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and policies, and improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes. SPRING focuses on preventing stunting and maternal and child anemia in the first 1,000 days. Here USAID shares a story highlighting how added vitamins and minerals are improving nutrition where it is needed most in Uganda.
1,355,764 refugees are being hosted by Uganda as of end August. 61 percent of the refugees are children under 18 years of age and 82 percent are women and children. Of the total, 1,021,903 people are refugees from South Sudan.
The second rainy season reached its peak in the month of September in most parts of the country causing destructive flooding, landslides, wind and hailstorms affecting plantations, crops and displacing people in the 13 affected districts.
In situations where people have been forced to flee, the Refugee Emergency Telecommunications Sector (RETS) provides vital communications to UNHCR, its partners and the extended humanitarian community. There are currently 290+ users from UNHCR, partners and the wider humanitarian community.
UNHCR Level 3 Emergency