Emergency Response to South Sudan Refugee Situation

24,321 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda in the last six days while 26,486 have fled to Uganda since the outbreak of fighting in Juba on 7th July. Support Uganda Red Cross Emergency response to the victims of war hosted in Ugandan camps.
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  • URCS Vision
    URCS Vision Posted, 09 March 2015 | Charity

    An empowered, healthy and self-sustaining community that responds to the needs of its most vulnerable.

  • URCS Mission
    URCS Mission Posted, 09 March 2015 | Charity

    To be a leading humanitarian agency in Uganda in saving lives, supporting livelihoods and promoting human dignity.

  • URCS Achievements
    URCS Achievements Posted, 09 March 2015 | Charity

    The National Society has over 350,000 registered members with one and half million beneficiaries of its interventions.

Latest News

URCS Partners With Other Development Agencies To Support South Sudanese Refugees In Bidi-Bidi Camp – Yumbe

Since fighting broke out in South Sudan in July 2016, more South Sudanese refugees have continued entering Uganda fleeing violence and atrocities against humanity. This population movement has drastically increased number of south Sudanese refugees in Uganda. On a daily basis, Uganda receives about 2000 refugees from S. Sudan. Today, Uganda hosts 269,936 refugees from S. Sudan Many refugee settlements in Northern Uganda were gazetted to receive and accommodate refugees and this population movement has had a huge impact on the resources. The government of Uganda set up bidi-bidi settlement in Yumbe, to accommodate the over flow of refugees from other settlements. This was estimated to host about 100,000 refugees. However, as more refugees come each day, the settlement has exceeded its capacity. Resources have continued being a challenge and humanitarian agencies have become overwhelmed. Uganda Red Cross in partnership with other agencies like office of the prime minister, UNHCR, UNICEF and IFRC have combined efforts to support the operation in Yumbe.

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Lutheran World Relief Donates Items Worth 800,000,000 Million to Uganda Red Cross Society

The donations that included 160 Bales of Blankets and 220 cartons of school kits were handed over to the Secretary General of the Red Cross at their offices in Rubaga in August 2016. The donation came at a time when Uganda is facing an influx of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing conflict in South Sudan. It has been reported that over 299,000 South Sudanese refugees displaced by violence crossed the border into Uganda in July, according to Andreas Needham the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) agency spokesman. The agency noted that over 2000 South Sudanese arrive in Uganda each day. This crisis has severely stretched the capacity of Uganda’s refugee centres and constrained the country in terms of providing social services, food, health, education, water and sanitation services to the refugees and therefore any help accorded by donors goes a long way in making a huge impact to the refugees

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CHINA RED CROSS EXPRESSES INTEREST TO SUPPORT URCS BLOOD DONOR RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

In Uganda today, nearly 50% of inpatient deaths among children under-five are attributed to malaria which causes severe anemia. Therefore, 50% of all blood collected in Uganda is used to treat these children. Haemorrhage contributes to 34% to all maternal deaths in Uganda hence 30% of donated blood is used to save lives of pregnant women with complications of pregnancy and child birth, including Haemorrhage and malaria-induced anemia.Bivamuntuyo traders of Mubende and Mityana districts on their way back from a market day crashed at Lwasi – Mubende along Mubende-FortPortal highway in the evening of Thursday 14th May 2015 at 6:00pm. Four (4) First Aid providers from the Uganda Red Cross Society’s Mubende sub-Branch provided the most- needed life-saving assistance including stopping bleeding, immobilizing broken bones as well as airway maintenance and; with help of an ambulance from the Ministry of Health and private cars from people of goodwill swiftly referred all 39 casualties to Mubende Regional Referral Hospital. One female passenger from Mityana district died on the spot while another male passenger died en-route to hospital.   Survivors and eye witnesses attributed the cause of the crash as over-speeding as the truck was on a steep slope, where the brakes failed making the driver to lose control. “The operation took us up to 11:45 pm after confirming that all casualties were safely evacuated” said RCAT team leader and Mubende sub-Branch Focal Persons Mr. Matovu Richard who worked tirelessly through the night with assistance from three other volunteers namely Mwesige George, Tyaba Francis and Kamoga Bruno.  Blood remains a scarce resource in many hospitals and therefore calls for combined efforts to mobilise it in a bid to save lives. Uganda Red Cross has a role of mobilizing blood donors in the country. On 27th August, 2016, the Uganda Red Cross Society received a delegation from China who had come to explore opportunities of partnership with the Uganda Red Cross Society to support blood donor recruitment. The delegation was led by Wang Rupeng, the Vice president of the Red Cross society of China, Liu Xuanguo, the Vice chairperson of the Chinese foundation among others. Much as they have been partners before, the partnership is being shifted from emergency response support to blood transfusion services. The delegation visited the URCS- Jinja branch to pilot the project.

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CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN BUDAKA DISTRICT, EASTERN UGANDA

The Uganda Red Cross Society in partnership with UNICEF Uganda have activated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) promotion interventions to save lives of people, following the outbreak of cholera in many rural communities in Eastern Uganda. The affected districts include Budaka, Iganga, Namayingo, Sironko, Butaleja and Tororo in Eastern Uganda. Asan Kigenyi, 50 years old, and his wife Jalia Nalongo, 40 years are residents of Nankone village in Budaka Town Council. They had 12 children but 3 died in the initial stages of the cholera outbreak in June, 2016. The trio were buried on the same day, at the same burial ground. The death of his three children has since left Kigenyi in unexplainable pain. “I have lived life the same way all my life, but the death of my three children has made me change a lot. I am now very strict because from what I have tested, it is true, Cholera is real!” Kigenyi and Jalia are peasant farmers; they grow maize and ground nuts for domestic consumption and sometimes sell off some to raise income to meet other basic needs like paraffin and soap. For all their life, they had never planned to save any money to support them in case of an emergency. When Kigenyi sells anything, he uses the money to buy local brew.

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09
Mar2015

Fire destroys homes and properties in Kitobo fishing village, Kalangalala District

Fire destroys homes and properties in Kitobo fishing village, Kalangalala District

Over sixty seven (67) households were destroyed with over 368 people affected by fire in Kitobo fishing village, mazinga sub-county, Kyamuswa constancy, Kalangalala District. The disaster happened between1:00 am and...

21
Mar2015

Health Minister and Chinese Ambassador in Manafwa

Health Minister and Chinese Ambassador in Manafwa

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) with support from the Red Cross Society of China and The People’s Republic of China at large donated medical equipment to the local government...

21
Mar2015

Coronation of The Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom at Bugembe Jinja On 13th Sept 2014.

Coronation of The Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom at Bugembe Jinja On 13th Sept 2014.

It was a sunny day crowded with thousands of celebrants. Fainting was the major case reported the whole day. Other cases registered included headache, stomachache, strains, dislocation, muscle pain, wounds...

21
Mar2015

Netherlands Red Cross Supports Orphans

Netherlands Red Cross Supports Orphans

The Uganda Red Cross Society, with support from Netherlands Red Cross distributed scholastic materials to HIV orphans in six districts of Uganda (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Lira, Pader and Kitgum). These...

30
Jun2016

Bundibugyo Receive Food And NFIs

Bundibugyo Receive Food And NFIs

Over 710 households in today were excited after receiving food, Jerricans, and soap from Uganda Red Cross Society. Residents of Humya – Sub County in Bubukwang community, Bundibugyo District were...

07
Nov2016

Amani Waghe Nabhirewo

Amani Waghe Nabhirewo

This is a Rukonzo statement meaning “I have saved my energy”. Janet Biira, 25 year old mother of three stays in Busamba 111 village – Bundibugyo District in western Uganda....

09
Nov2016

Lifesaving skills imparted to Boda-boda cyclist

Lifesaving skills imparted to Boda-boda cyclist

Dr. Michael Edgar Muhumuza, a consultant neurosurgeon at Mulago hospital, according the Daily Monitor of 7th July 7, 2016, says that 80% of the patients suffering from a number of...

09
Nov2016

Lutheran World Relief Donates Items Worth 800,000,000 Million to Uganda Red Cross Society

Lutheran World Relief Donates Items Worth 800,000,000 Million to Uganda Red Cross Society

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) handed over items worth 250,000 USD (Approx. UGX 800,000,000) to Uganda Red Cross Society. The donations that included 160 Bales of Blankets and 220 cartons of...

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Latest Event

Fire destroys homes and properties in Kitobo fishing village, Kalangalala District

Fire destroys homes and properties in Kitobo fishing village, Kalangalala District

Monday, 09 March 2015 07:59

Over sixty seven (67) households were destroyed with over 368 people affected by fire in Kitobo fishing village, mazinga sub-county, Kyamuswa constancy, Kalangalala District. The disaster happened between1:00 am and...

Health Minister and Chinese Ambassador in Manafwa

Health Minister and Chinese Ambassador in Manafwa

Saturday, 21 March 2015 23:08

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) with support from the Red Cross Society of China and The People’s Republic of China at large donated medical equipment to the local government...

Coronation of The Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom at Bugembe Jinja On 13th Sept 2014.

Coronation of The Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom at Bugembe Jinja On 13th Sept 2014.

Saturday, 21 March 2015 23:08

It was a sunny day crowded with thousands of celebrants. Fainting was the major case reported the whole day. Other cases registered included headache, stomachache, strains, dislocation, muscle pain, wounds...

Netherlands Red Cross Supports Orphans

Netherlands Red Cross Supports Orphans

Saturday, 21 March 2015 23:08

The Uganda Red Cross Society, with support from Netherlands Red Cross distributed scholastic materials to HIV orphans in six districts of Uganda (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Lira, Pader and Kitgum). These...

Bundibugyo Receive Food And NFIs

Bundibugyo Receive Food And NFIs

Thursday, 30 June 2016 06:59

Over 710 households in today were excited after receiving food, Jerricans, and soap from Uganda Red Cross Society. Residents of Humya – Sub County in Bubukwang community, Bundibugyo District were...

Amani Waghe Nabhirewo

Amani Waghe Nabhirewo

Monday, 07 November 2016 11:12

This is a Rukonzo statement meaning “I have saved my energy”. Janet Biira, 25 year old mother of three stays in Busamba 111 village – Bundibugyo District in western Uganda....

Lifesaving skills imparted to Boda-boda cyclist

Lifesaving skills imparted to Boda-boda cyclist

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:53

Dr. Michael Edgar Muhumuza, a consultant neurosurgeon at Mulago hospital, according the Daily Monitor of 7th July 7, 2016, says that 80% of the patients suffering from a number of...

Lutheran World Relief Donates Items Worth 800,000,000 Million to Uganda Red Cross Society

Lutheran World Relief Donates Items Worth 800,000,000 Million to Uganda Red Cross Society

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 09:13

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) handed over items worth 250,000 USD (Approx. UGX 800,000,000) to Uganda Red Cross Society. The donations that included 160 Bales of Blankets and 220 cartons of...

URCS Contacts

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road.
P.O. Box 494, Kampala Uganda.
Tel:     (256) 414 258701
Tel:     (256) 414 258702
Email: sgurcs@redcrossug.org

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