APPEAL TO SUPPORT FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE BUDUDA LANDSLIDE

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) on 17th October launched an appeal to the general
public to raise 1.2 Billion shillings to support victims of the Bududa landslides
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    To fulfill the URCS mandate and obligation in delivering quality and sustainable humanitarian assistance

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    To be partner of choice in Uganda in Saving lives, Supporting Livelihoods and Promoting human dignity

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Uganda Red Cross launches emergency appeal to support Bududa landslide victims.

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) on 17th October launched an appeal to the general public to raise 1.2 Billion shillings to support victims of the Bududa landslides and other neighboring districts that might be at risk. This is expected to benefit over 5000 people in the disaster prone districts of the Elgon region; Bududa, Namisindwa, Butalejja, and Manafwa. These battle with effects of climate change almost every year and there is urgent need to prepare for more disasters. Launching the appeal yesterday at URCS headquarters in Rubaga, the Secretary General Mr. Robert Kwesiga appreciated the government and everyone else who has already tried to help, but emphasized that there is more that still needs to be done “When such disasters happen in Uganda, we as Uganda Red Cross always call upon Ugandans and none Ugandans leaving in Uganda to stand with and support their brothers and sisters without entirely relying on the government. There is no amount of support that is enough, there is always more to be done especially for long term preparations for such occurrences” he said. According to information from the Uganda National Meteorological authority, heavy rains are still expected in the eastern part of Uganda. This means these districts are still highly exposed to heavier disasters including floods, mudslides, and disease outbreaks. Support raised from this appeal will help Red Cross prepare communities and take on urgent emergency preparedness and response plans to save lives of people. On disease outbreaks, Kwesiga emphasized that during such emergencies, diseases like cholera are most likely, given the quality of water and the general sanitation

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Uganda Red Cross takes relief to families affected in the Bududa landslides

Uganda Red Cross with support from the Belgian Red Cross have been among the first to take relief aid to the families affected in the Thursday landslides in Suume Parish, Bukalasi Sub County-Bududa district. Following last week’s heavy down pours in the area, River Suume burst its banks forcing large volumes of water, and rolling boulders down the slopes. These destroyed and washed over 139 households and 43 lives have been lost. The distribution happened on Sunday during prayers held for the victims at Bukalasi playground in Bududda. The Hon. Prime minister launched the distribution and appreciated Red Cross for always working with government to support during such emergencies “Our friends in the Red Cross have always been with us, running to rescue people in such emergencies and giving a hand like they are doing today. We identify with the affected families and hope that this small assistance helps you cope with this trying situation” said Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister of Uganda. Items worth Ush 50M were given out and these included; Soap, Blankets, tarpaulins, kitchen sets, jerry cans and so on. Over 680 people benefited from the distribution “I lost everything. I and my brother were running a shop with motorcycle spare parts and other mechanical items. On Thursday afternoon we heard boulders rolling, I was away from the shop as I watched it being smashed and washed by the rolling stones and running water. I thank the lord that my brother who was in the shop managed to run away but survived with terrible injuries that he is still nursing wounds at the hospital. With these items, I can now start afresh” said Lawrence Mlumba, one of the beneficiaries.

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IFRC Calls on Governments to Invest More in Disaster Risk Reduction

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 9 -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued the following news release: Disasters will continue to hamper efforts to achieve sustainable development unless governments do more to anticipate and reduce their risk, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during the ongoing Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Tunis, Tunisia. This year, millions of people living in crisis have not been receiving the humanitarian assistance they desperately need--partly due to lack of sufficient investment in disaster and crisis preparedness, as well as resilience-building. Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, IFRC Regional Director for Africa said: "Evidence has shown that adequate investment in disaster risk reduction is not only highly cost-effective but more importantly, has a profound impact in saving lives and livelihoods when disaster strikes. Many of the natural hazards that take place do not need to become major disasters when a population is prepared and able to cope with them."

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Uganda Red Cross intensifies Ebola Preparedness as the risk threatens both Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

At least about 2,000 people are screened daily at the different entry points bordering Uganda and the Democratic of Congo. This number doubles during market days as more people enter Uganda for business, or as more refugees enter Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Uganda.” Says Paul Okot Bitex – Uganda Red Cross Ebola Preparedness Response Coordinator. On August 1st, 2018, the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola Hemorrhagic fever in North Kivu Province and Ituri regions, about 100km west of Uganda. By September 25th, 2018, about 101 deaths had been registered in the DRC with several cases under investigations as probable. Uganda Red Cross in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Uganda and other partners composed a task force to implement Ebola preparedness and readiness efforts to curb the epidemic from spreading into Uganda as the county continues to receive more refugees and other Nationals who keep crossing in and out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Uganda Red Cross health response teams have been on ground to handle a number of components which include managing boarder surveillance, temperature screening of all entrants, hygiene promotion

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Apr2018

Uganda Red Cross signs MOU with Everton FC

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Goat Rearing Sustaining Sabina’s Household in Abim District, North Eastern Uganda

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World Blood Donor Day

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Over 10,000 floods and landslides survivors in Eastern Uganda

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Hon. Minister Musa Ecweru together with Red Cross' Jimmy Asea giving out relief items in Amuria district The April 2018, floods and landslides that hit Teso region in Eastern Uganda...

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Oct2018

Uganda Red Cross intensifies Ebola Preparedness

Uganda Red Cross intensifies Ebola Preparedness

A Red Cross trained Volunteer registered screened individuals for Ebola a the Congo Boarder-AFP At least about 2,000 people are screened daily at the different entry points bordering Uganda and...

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Oct2018

Uganda Red Cross takes relief to families affected in the Bududa landslides

Uganda Red Cross takes relief to families affected in the Bududa landslides

Hon. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda handing over some of the relief items from Red cross Uganda Red Cross with support from the Belgian Red Cross have been among the first...

19
Oct2018

Uganda Red Cross launches emergency appeal to support Bududa landslide victims.

Uganda Red Cross launches emergency appeal to support Bududa landslide victims.

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) on 17th October launched an appeal to the general public to raise 1.2 Billion shillings to support victims of the Bududa landslides and other neighboring...

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Uganda Red Cross signs MOU with Everton FC

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Friday, 06 April 2018 00:22

URCS’ Secretary General, Everton’s Jonathan Garsic and Health Education UK’s Ged Byrne after signing the MOU. Uganda Red Cross signs MOU with Everton FC to support the South Sudan refugee...

Meet Arjun Prasad-The 160+ times blood donor

Meet Arjun Prasad-The 160+ times blood donor

Friday, 06 April 2018 01:52

Arjun Prasad has donated over 160 times and he recently participated in a URCS Blood donation drive Arjun Prasad Mainali is a US citizen of Nepalese origin. On the 11th...

Goat Rearing Sustaining Sabina’s Household in Abim District, North Eastern Uganda

Goat Rearing Sustaining Sabina’s Household in Abim District, North Eastern Uganda

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Family members with goats under their care Sabina Menhya, 40, beams with a smile as she receives us in her home. She is a mother 10 children between 2 to...

World Blood Donor Day

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A Red Cross Volunteer donating blood, living by example Uganda Red Cross joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Blood donor day which takes place every 14th...

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Over 10,000 floods and landslides survivors in Eastern Uganda

Thursday, 23 August 2018 18:17

Hon. Minister Musa Ecweru together with Red Cross' Jimmy Asea giving out relief items in Amuria district The April 2018, floods and landslides that hit Teso region in Eastern Uganda...

Uganda Red Cross intensifies Ebola Preparedness

Uganda Red Cross intensifies Ebola Preparedness

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A Red Cross trained Volunteer registered screened individuals for Ebola a the Congo Boarder-AFP At least about 2,000 people are screened daily at the different entry points bordering Uganda and...

Uganda Red Cross takes relief to families affected in the Bududa landslides

Uganda Red Cross takes relief to families affected in the Bududa landslides

Friday, 19 October 2018 03:13

Hon. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda handing over some of the relief items from Red cross Uganda Red Cross with support from the Belgian Red Cross have been among the first...

Uganda Red Cross launches emergency appeal to support Bududa landslide victims.

Uganda Red Cross launches emergency appeal to support Bududa landslide victims.

Friday, 19 October 2018 13:03

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) on 17th October launched an appeal to the general public to raise 1.2 Billion shillings to support victims of the Bududa landslides and other neighboring...

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