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

RED CROSS SUPPORTS SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES IN UGANDA

Uganda Red Cross Volunteers on June 26th braved the night, cold and bloody boarder of Nimule – Connecting Uganda to South Sudan in rescue of refugees fleeing uncertainty when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan forcing thousands of people to flee to Uganda. The situation has since been tense and alarming. Hundreds of lives have been claimed in the fights and many more rescued because of the presence of Humanitarian support from key players like Uganda Red Cross. Uganda Red Cross Volunteers have been working around the clock to support those in need, evacuating the injured, offering first aid to the wounded, and referring many others to nearby hospitals. In partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF, Office of the Prime Minister, URCS has been able to participate in registration of new arrivals, transferring people from transit centers to settlement Camps, preparation of meals for the victims, supporting medical teams to vaccinate little ones with polio and Measles vaccines, as well as carrying out tracing services to restore family links for those who need to trace for their loved ones. URCS has availed tarpaulins to accommodate increasing number of refugees especially at the reception points, as well as Trucks to transfer others from reception centers to settlements camps. The process is not easy, the work is tough but the spirit of service compels the URCS Volunteers. “The numbers are overwhelming but our team is dedicated to serve and we will do our best to serve every one. We pray that you join hands and support this operation because we don’t know when this will end and we still need more resources to meet the un-predictable needs of these people” says Robert Kwesiga, Secretary General – URCS.

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URCS-UNICEF Activate WASH Interventions to Save Families from Cholera 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. Kigenyi dreads the day the tragedy happened. Recalling in pain, he says that his deceased children had diarrhea, vomiting, red eyes and they couldn’t eat anything. He had no money to take them to the nearest health centre, leave alone the hospital! However, when the situation worsened, the neighbors rushed them to a clinic where they were feared to have contracted cholera. They were referred to Budaka Health Center IV, where they were put in the cholera isolation center. The medical team tried their best, nut it was too late. They passed on! Dr. John Matovu, the District Health Officer, noted that they have registered 194 cholera victims and out of these, 13 have died. “Cholera is a serious, acute infectious disease which affects both children and adults. It remains a global threat to public health and a key indicator of lack of social development. Roughly about 28,000 to 142,000 people die of cholera world-wide” he added.

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RED CROSS RESCUES 39 IN FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC CRASH

A tragic road traffic crash involving a FUSO truck carrying forty (40) 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.  

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LAUNCH OF DISASTER FORECAST-BASED ACTION

Uganda Red Cross on 14th November distributed 4950 preparedness items in flood-prone communities of Kapelebyong Sub County, and Amuria in a groundbreaking response, based on a scientific forecast of flooding in the region. The items have been procured with financial support from German Red Cross through a Disaster Preparedness Fund. Previously, humanitarian organizations had to wait for reports of damages, losses, and suffering in order to be able to mobilize funding and materials to respond to a disaster. In this state-of-the-art project of “Forecast based Financing”, Uganda Red Cross mobilized the NFIs immediately, before reporting suffering. They triggered action based on a forecast of rising water levels this week in the Teso area, particularly in Amemia Parish. Clean water shortage The floods contaminate many water sources. The Red Cross team organized for transport of non-food items from the warehouse in Kampala, loading trucks with jerry cans, hoes, chlorine tablets, sacks and soap. The items arrived at the office in Soroti Branch on Friday, and were disbursed that morning to pilot communities in Kapelebyong. While water levels have continued to rise in the area, the team is confident that the items disbursed will enable residents to avoid potential disaster impacts. “One of the disaster effects they are targeting is the spread of waterborne diseases. Many areas in Teso have a history of dysentery, and Red Cross is working to prevent any disease outbreak. The teams have distributed two jerry cans, two bars of soap, and a month’s supply of water purification tablets to every household in the villages of Okoboi, Omatai, Apedu and Akulonyo.”

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Mar2015

A Cultivated life as a URCS Volunteer

A Cultivated life as a URCS Volunteer

Dorothy Kabonesa (53 years old) knows what to do when an emergency occurs in her community. She alerts her husband and they both move to save the situation at hand....

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...

09
Mar2015

Companies support a donation project in Kabarole

Companies support a donation project in Kabarole

Uganda Red Cross Society carried out a cloths donation project in Kabarole district. The donation drive was carried out with support from the Uganda Red Cross Society partners including Centenary...

09
Mar2015

Condom Sensitisation in Western Kampala

Condom Sensitisation in Western Kampala

Uganda Red Cross Society volunteers graced the streets of western Kampala with the “Gospel” of re-igniting the commitment to use condoms as one of the means to control the spread...

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...

21
Mar2015

URCS responded tirelessly to injuries during the festive season

URCS responded tirelessly to injuries during the festive season

The team coordinated by the Disaster Management arm of the Uganda Red Cross Society provided adequate standby response across Uganda with the aid of the URCS branches. The URCS standby...

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Latest Event

A Cultivated life as a URCS Volunteer

A Cultivated life as a URCS Volunteer

Monday, 09 March 2015 07:53

Dorothy Kabonesa (53 years old) knows what to do when an emergency occurs in her community. She alerts her husband and they both move to save the situation at hand....

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...

Companies support a donation project in Kabarole

Companies support a donation project in Kabarole

Monday, 09 March 2015 08:18

Uganda Red Cross Society carried out a cloths donation project in Kabarole district. The donation drive was carried out with support from the Uganda Red Cross Society partners including Centenary...

Condom Sensitisation in Western Kampala

Condom Sensitisation in Western Kampala

Monday, 09 March 2015 08:18

Uganda Red Cross Society volunteers graced the streets of western Kampala with the “Gospel” of re-igniting the commitment to use condoms as one of the means to control the spread...

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...

URCS responded tirelessly to injuries during the festive season

URCS responded tirelessly to injuries during the festive season

Saturday, 21 March 2015 23:08

The team coordinated by the Disaster Management arm of the Uganda Red Cross Society provided adequate standby response across Uganda with the aid of the URCS branches. The URCS standby...

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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