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.

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Uganda Red Cross joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Blood donor

Uganda Red Cross joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Blood donor day which takes place every 14th day of June, every year. The theme this year is ‘Blood connects us all’. World over, Blood is a unique component of human life and every living being has Red blood. This is the power of humanity and thus connects us all. 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 responds to Cholera Outbreak in Kampala, Uganda

With the current rainy season and the worsening slum conditions in and around Kampala district, the city didn’t wait long to face another cholera outbreak. Since February this year, most parts of the country have been struggling with cholera as a result of heavy rains. On Friday 4th May 2018, the Ministry of Health in Uganda declared another cholera outbreak in Kampala. This followed suspected cases identified by Uganda Red Cross volunteers through the Community based fast responders messaging platform, commonly known as the U-Report. The humanitarian agency was triggered to take action instantly in a bid to save lives. “Through our U-Report system, we were able to track the first suspected cases and we had to respond quickly by sending our Red Cross Action Teams (RCATs) on ground. The U-Report surveillance has enabled early detection, triggering early response and action” said Paul Okot, the Uganda Red Cross Emergency Response Manager. The Ministry of Health tested samples of the suspected cases and over 8 (eight) cases turned out positive. The affected personswere admitted at Naguru referral hospital and an isolation center was set up to handle the victims. Cholera is believed to have started in Makindye division when the index case reported at Kiruddu Hospital. Some cases however have been traced from Kalerwe, Wakiso and Mpigi districts.

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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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Feb2018

Uganda Red Cross supports refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo

Uganda Red Cross supports refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC refugees being addressed by humanitarian actors upon arrival at Sebagoro reception centre recently. Photo credit: Deborah Amujal – URCS Effects of inter-communal violence between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups...

16
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...

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Uganda Red Cross supports refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo

Uganda Red Cross supports refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 06:13

DRC refugees being addressed by humanitarian actors upon arrival at Sebagoro reception centre recently. Photo credit: Deborah Amujal – URCS Effects of inter-communal violence between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups...

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...

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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