Uganda Red Cross supports the most Vulnerable Groups

Uganda Red Cross supports the most Vulnerable Groups in Refugee Settlements in West Nile,
Northern Uganda
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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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Red Cross employs new Blood Donor Recruitment Strategy to curb blood shortage in the country.

Joined by corporate companies, the media and the public at large, Uganda Red Cross has embarked on a campaign to recruit voluntary blood donors through its volunteer base and membership structures. Uganda currently suffers a blood shortage that has left many hospitals stranded with patients that require blood transfusion. The month of January was an alarming period for most hospitals that registered many accident causalities during the festive Christmas season, as well as other sick people that need emergency blood transfusion. As the situation worsened, various media houses were awash with stories about the dire shortage of blood in hospitals, at the Nakasero blood bank and the other regional blood banks and collection centers across the country. Uganda Red Cross Society in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Service embarked on a mobilization campaign to recruit voluntary blood donors. “We are doing a country wide blood mobilization, a strategy that will see us bridging this blood shortage. We encourage all able people to donate blood. Uganda Red Cross has many members and volunteers. We want them to also donate and lead by example and that’s the new approach we are taking. We believe others will follow.” Sarah Mutegombwa, Health Manager – Blood Donor Recruitment at Uganda Red Cross Society. The Uganda Red Cross members and volunteers were then joined by other corporate companies like NSSF, Kabaka Foundation (CBS FMs & BBS Terefayina), Capital FM, Movit Uganda, Indian Association in Uganda, Pakistan Association in Uganda, URA among others.

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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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Uganda Red Cross supports the most vulnerable groups in refugee settlements in West Nile, Northern Uganda.

As Uganda ranks amongst the top African Countries receiving refugees, humanitarian agencies have had to work harder each day to support the ever growing number of refugees and ensure their well-being. Today, Uganda is home to 1.3 Million refugees from South Sudan, majority being mothers and children. Since the on-set of the refugee influx in July 2016, Uganda Red Cross has been at the fore-front of this refugee response providing key services that include provision of clean and safe Water, providing Hygiene and Sanitation facilities, social mobilization for disease outbreak and control, registration, restoration of broken family links, distribution of relief Non-food items among others. Uganda Red Cross is prioritizing the most vulnerable groups of people who have been named “persons with special needs”, their families and communities in all the refugee settlements in West Nile. Faunta Angila, 67 years old lives in Imvepi refugee settlement. She survives on support from the different humanitarian actors in this operation. Faunta is crippled. Her neighbors have offered to support her with basics of life only when they can. She got into Uganda through the help of South Sudan Red Cross Volunteers who carried her to the boarder where she got into a bus to Uganda. As a survivor in a family of 8 people, Faunta recalls how her close people died during the war. Today, as part of support given to persons with special needs who are also a category among “the most vulnerable”, Uganda Red Cross volunteers visit Faunta for different reasons.

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Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helps mother to deliver twins Kampala – 22nd/Dec/2017

In the middle of a hot day, with the scorching sun overhead, Ms. Maria Nalukenge, a 23 three-year-old from Ndejje wailed for help as she approached labour. Squeezed on a Boda Boda, with her handler, Maria couldn’t bear the discomfort anymore. She forced a wild cry which set the surrounding people amaze. Lucky for her, Drake Lule, a Red Cross Volunteer was just on his way back to office from a lunch break when she attracted his attention. He rushed to her rescue. “She was riding on a Boda with two people. She kept on shouting with pain until she caught my attention. I helped to put her on the road side as I thought of what do to save her and the baby” Said Lule. A trained emergency responder with several skills in first aid and ambulance rescue, Lule was able to give immediate support that enabled Nalukenge deliver her baby twins. He then called on the Uganda Red Cross Ambulance that referred Nalukenge and babies to Mengo hospital to receive further medical attention. “People wanted to just carry her to the nearby hospital but I restrained them and assured them that I could handle and an ambulance was on the way. She was losing a lot of blood and the babies needed to feed. Thank God thee ambulance came on time and we did the referral”. Said Lule “After delivering the baby, we all noticed that the stomach still had live movements and shortly we beheld a head. She was having twins. We were all shocked and that’s when the ambulance came in. I am very happy that we’ve had these babies out safely”. Lule added. Nalukenge’s husband was then called to join the team at Mengo hospital.

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23
Oct2017

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer & Goodwill Ambassador Wins Global Change Maker Award

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer & Goodwill Ambassador Wins Global Change Maker Award

Our UK Goodwill Ambassador Dr Sukhwinder Singh has been awarded the Global Changemaker 2017 award for his work with Refugees Children & Families in Uganda. Dr Singh received the Changemaker...

27
Oct2017

Uganda Red Cross interventions curb Cholera epidemic in Western Uganda.

Uganda Red Cross interventions curb Cholera epidemic in Western Uganda.

Modesto survived Cholera Forty-six-year-old Modesto Kiswangiri lives in Karitusi village, in Kasese district, South western Uganda. He is a father of 8 children, married to forty-one-year-old Bwiira Gertrude. The couple...

06
Nov2017

The Role Of Red Cross Volunteers In Communities Applauded During the 4th Global Health Security Agenda 2017, Held in Uganda.

The Role Of Red Cross Volunteers In Communities Applauded During the 4th Global Health Security Agenda 2017, Held in Uganda.

Mr. Robert Kaufman (M) in a ministerial break out session with other delegate participants at the Global Health Security Agenda conference at the Common Wealth Speak Resort Hotel – Munyonyo....

05
Dec2017

Uganda Red Cross curbs the Marburg outbreak in North Eastern Uganda through Social Mobilization

Uganda Red Cross curbs the Marburg outbreak in North Eastern Uganda through Social Mobilization

The Marburg virus epidemic appears to be coming to an end in North Eastern Uganda. This follows changes in population behavior and massive awareness campaign conducted by the Uganda Red...

07
Jan2018

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helps mother to deliver twins Kampala – 22nd/Dec/2017 

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helps mother to deliver twins  Kampala – 22nd/Dec/2017 

In the middle of a hot day, with the scorching sun overhead, Ms. Maria Nalukenge, a 23 three-year-old from Ndejje wailed for help as she approached labour. Squeezed on a...

07
Jan2018

Uganda Red Cross supports the most vulnerable groups in refugee settlements

Uganda Red Cross supports the most vulnerable groups in refugee settlements

A beneficiary walking away with his drinking water pot and soap after the distribution in Imvepi camp, West Nile, Northern Uganda. As Uganda ranks amongst the top African Countries receiving...

13
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...

15
Feb2018

Red Cross employs new Blood Donor Recruitment Strategy to curb blood shortage in the country

Red Cross employs new Blood Donor Recruitment Strategy to curb blood shortage in the country

A Uganda Red Cross staff (IT – Enock Bukenya) joined by a mobilized voluntary blood donor at a drive organized in partnership with the Kabaka Foundation (CBS FM, CBS Emmanduso...

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Uganda Red Cross Volunteer & Goodwill Ambassador Wins Global Change Maker Award

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer & Goodwill Ambassador Wins Global Change Maker Award

Monday, 23 October 2017 23:33

Our UK Goodwill Ambassador Dr Sukhwinder Singh has been awarded the Global Changemaker 2017 award for his work with Refugees Children & Families in Uganda. Dr Singh received the Changemaker...

Uganda Red Cross interventions curb Cholera epidemic in Western Uganda.

Uganda Red Cross interventions curb Cholera epidemic in Western Uganda.

Friday, 27 October 2017 14:56

Modesto survived Cholera Forty-six-year-old Modesto Kiswangiri lives in Karitusi village, in Kasese district, South western Uganda. He is a father of 8 children, married to forty-one-year-old Bwiira Gertrude. The couple...

The Role Of Red Cross Volunteers In Communities Applauded During the 4th Global Health Security Agenda 2017, Held in Uganda.

The Role Of Red Cross Volunteers In Communities Applauded During the 4th Global Health Security Agenda 2017, Held in Uganda.

Monday, 06 November 2017 06:03

Mr. Robert Kaufman (M) in a ministerial break out session with other delegate participants at the Global Health Security Agenda conference at the Common Wealth Speak Resort Hotel – Munyonyo....

Uganda Red Cross curbs the Marburg outbreak in North Eastern Uganda through Social Mobilization

Uganda Red Cross curbs the Marburg outbreak in North Eastern Uganda through Social Mobilization

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 15:33

The Marburg virus epidemic appears to be coming to an end in North Eastern Uganda. This follows changes in population behavior and massive awareness campaign conducted by the Uganda Red...

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helps mother to deliver twins  Kampala – 22nd/Dec/2017 

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helps mother to deliver twins Kampala – 22nd/Dec/2017 

Sunday, 07 January 2018 11:52

In the middle of a hot day, with the scorching sun overhead, Ms. Maria Nalukenge, a 23 three-year-old from Ndejje wailed for help as she approached labour. Squeezed on a...

Uganda Red Cross supports the most vulnerable groups in refugee settlements

Uganda Red Cross supports the most vulnerable groups in refugee settlements

Sunday, 07 January 2018 13:46

A beneficiary walking away with his drinking water pot and soap after the distribution in Imvepi camp, West Nile, Northern Uganda. As Uganda ranks amongst the top African Countries receiving...

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...

Red Cross employs new Blood Donor Recruitment Strategy to curb blood shortage in the country

Red Cross employs new Blood Donor Recruitment Strategy to curb blood shortage in the country

Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:57

A Uganda Red Cross staff (IT – Enock Bukenya) joined by a mobilized voluntary blood donor at a drive organized in partnership with the Kabaka Foundation (CBS FM, CBS Emmanduso...

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P.O. Box 494, Kampala Uganda.
Tel:     (256) 414 258701
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