URCS SUPPORTS DRC REFUGEE COMMUNITIES

Uganda Red Cross Responds to DRC refugee Influx Amidst Cholera Outbreak.Thousands of
Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have continued to infiltrate the country

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  • URCS Vision
    URCS Vision Posted, 11 January 2018 | Charity

    To fulfill the URCS mandate and obligation in delivering quality and sustainable humanitarian assistance

  • URCS Mission
    URCS Mission Posted, 11 January 2018 | Charity

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

  • URCS Achievements
    URCS Achievements Posted, 11 January 2018 | Charity

    As part of the significant achievements in 2017, Uganda Red Cross supported the South Sudan refugee operations in West Nile, Northern Uganda, responded to several disasters including floods and landslides in Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa, Kabale, Kisoro, Bundibugyo, Kasese, Elegu, Isingiro etc. URCS also responded to disease out breaks like Cholera in Kasese and Marburg in Kapchorwa and Kween (North eastern Uganda) among others.

Latest News

Over 10,000 floods and landslides survivors in Eastern Uganda get relief support from Uganda Red Cross society

The April 2018, floods and landslides that hit Teso region in Eastern Uganda left communities devastated and in ruins; no food shelter, house hold property and other basic needs.The heavy downpours that lasted for months washed away people’s homes, crops and left almost an entire region starving and displaced. About five5 people died in this catastrophe and thousands got displaced while fleeing to safety. According to residents of Abarilela Sub County in Amuria district, this situation was worse especially for mothers, children, the elderly who struggled to survive after the destructive disaster. Communities have since failed to recover been crying to relief agencies and Ggovernment of Uganda to run to their rescue.On 17th August, Uganda Red Cross together with the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda, with support from UNICEF and UNHCR distributed relief non-food items worth Ushs 387 million to the affected households. The one-week long distribution exercise is meant to bring relief to those who lost their homes and property as a result of the floods and landslides. “Today we are here to extend this to these affected communities. They have cried for a long time and the government appreciates the efforts made by our partners to respond in form of giving relief items that we needed to support the communities.

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We are changing our responses from intervening when a disaster has happened

e are changing our responses from intervening when a disaster has happened to supporting communities before a disaster strikes' The WHO standards require countries to raise at least 1% of the Country’s total population to have sufficient blood that can sustain the blood needs of the country. In Uganda, the Uganda Red Cross in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services through the Ministry of Health have the mandate of mobilizing Voluntary blood donors. The Uganda Blood transfusion services takes on the technical processes until safe blood is availed to hospitals to carry out blood transfusions. Uganda Red Cross employs the new Blood donor recruitment strategy 2020 which focusses on targeting Red Cross volunteers, members and staff who live by example. “This is like preaching to the converted. It is easier to mobilize internal people first who already know what our mission and vision requires of us and then the rest of the people can learn from us. This is how we manage to collect enough blood.” Said Sarah Mutegombwa, Blood donor recruitment manager, URCS.

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

Sabina Menhya, 40, beams with a smile as she receives us in her home. She is a mother 10 children between 2 to 21 years of age. The family was even bigger before, but sadly, Sabina has lost two of her children to malaria. For a living Sabina and her husband Mathias Okiru, 44 grow beans, maize and sunflowers in a small garden in their home in a small village called Nyakwae, in North Eastern Uganda. They earn less than a dollar a day, since the harvest is seasonal. Sabina is among the women Uganda Red Cross targeted to empower through a sustainable livelihood goat rearing project, to support her large family. Sabina was vulnerable. She lived in a dilapidated, grass thatched hut that housed her and her children under one roof. Her children had very little food to survive on and were very malnourished. Uganda Red Cross, with funding from the German Federal Government through the German Red Cross, started implementing livelihood programs targeting vulnerable women in East and North eastern Uganda. Abim district was chosen among the project implementation areas. Unique to mention, women in this part of the country are bread winners in their homes. “I was selected to benefit from this project of rearing goats. The goats were 30 and we formed a group to rear them as a team.

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Uganda Red Cross supports refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo

Effects of inter-communal violence between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups that broke out in Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and attacks by Mai-Mai militia in North Kivu started in December 2017, resulted into mass displacement and population movement of people from the DRC to Uganda. Uganda has since opened boarders and started receiving refugees through the lake Albert in Sebagoro (Hoima district), South Western border points in Ishasa & Butogota (Kanungu district), Nteko & Bunagana (Kisoro district) and lately Kanara (Ntoroko district) as well as the West Nile region unofficial border points through Zombo district. Since December 18th 2017, Uganda has received 29,292 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (UNHCR Updates, February 9th, 2018). Of late, Uganda receives about 5,260 refugees per day which has proved an overwhelming influx to contain at such a time. This crisis has severely stretched the capacity of Uganda’s refugee centers and constrained the country in terms of providing social services, food, health, education, water and sanitation services among others to the refugees considering that already Uganda has been receiving refugees from South Sudan.

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Mar2018

Uganda Red Cross Responds to DRC refugee influx amidst cholera outbreak.

Uganda Red Cross Responds to DRC refugee influx amidst cholera outbreak.

URC Volunteers spraying the feet of all entrants to Kagoma Reception Centre as a measure to prevent the spread of Cholera in this area Thousands of Refugees from the Democratic...

06
Apr2018

Uganda Red Cross signs MOU with Everton FC

Uganda Red Cross signs MOU with Everton FC

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...

06
Apr2018

Rtd Bishop Tom Okello re-appointed President of Uganda Red Cross Society

Rtd Bishop Tom Okello re-appointed President of Uganda Red Cross Society

Rtd Bishop Tom Okello giving his remarks during the National Council meeting “It is with much joy that I happily accept to serve as President of Uganda Red Cross Society...

06
Apr2018

Meet Arjun Prasad-The 160+ times blood donor

Meet Arjun Prasad-The 160+ times blood donor

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...

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May2018

Uganda Red Cross responds to Cholera Outbreak in Kampala

Uganda Red Cross responds to Cholera Outbreak in Kampala

URC Volunteers spraying the feet of all entrants to Kagoma Reception Centre as a measure to prevent the spread of Cholera in this area With the current rainy season and...

08
Jun2018

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

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

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...

15
Jun2018

World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day

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...

23
Aug2018

Over 10,000 floods and landslides survivors in Eastern Uganda

Over 10,000 floods and landslides survivors in Eastern Uganda

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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Latest Event

Uganda Red Cross Responds to DRC refugee influx amidst cholera outbreak.

Uganda Red Cross Responds to DRC refugee influx amidst cholera outbreak.

Friday, 16 March 2018 16:17

URC Volunteers spraying the feet of all entrants to Kagoma Reception Centre as a measure to prevent the spread of Cholera in this area Thousands of Refugees from the Democratic...

Uganda Red Cross signs MOU with Everton FC

Uganda Red Cross signs MOU with Everton FC

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...

Rtd Bishop Tom Okello re-appointed President of Uganda Red Cross Society

Rtd Bishop Tom Okello re-appointed President of Uganda Red Cross Society

Friday, 06 April 2018 01:04

Rtd Bishop Tom Okello giving his remarks during the National Council meeting “It is with much joy that I happily accept to serve as President of Uganda Red Cross Society...

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...

Uganda Red Cross responds to Cholera Outbreak in Kampala

Uganda Red Cross responds to Cholera Outbreak in Kampala

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 08:49

URC Volunteers spraying the feet of all entrants to Kagoma Reception Centre as a measure to prevent the spread of Cholera in this area With the current rainy season and...

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

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

Friday, 08 June 2018 15:34

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

World Blood Donor Day

Friday, 15 June 2018 10:25

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...

Over 10,000 floods and landslides survivors in Eastern Uganda

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...

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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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