Arrival of ERU-M40 to support the South Sudan Emergency Response

The ERU –M40 will pump water for over 40,000 refugees per day
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  • URCS Vision
    URCS Vision Posted, 07 August 2017 | Charity

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

  • URCS Mission
    URCS Mission Posted, 07 August 2017 | Charity

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

  • URCS Achievements
    URCS Achievements Posted, 07 August 2017 | Charity

    ERU Technical team arrive at Entebbe International Airport. The ERU M4O will provide pumped water to more than 40,000 refugees per day.

     

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Uganda Has An Open Door Policy On Refugee Reception and Settlement, A Model Described As The Best In The World.

This inclusive refugee policy empowers refugees to become economically self-reliant and grants them many privileges enjoyed by the country's nationals who also share their community resources with them. This is because Red Cross has local structures and volunteers who are community based, who receive refugees when they arrive before even government or any other actors come on board. We are always the first to respond, and the last to leave because of our unique mandate.” This was revealed by Robert Kwesiga, Secretary General Uganda Red Cross in his opening remarks during a side event organized and led by Red Cross on June 22, 2017 at the Shena Hall in Munyonyo. The side event included NGOs, INGOs and CSOs where Localization of the humanitarian response was a major highlight. It tackled “the role of humanitarian and development NGOs and the civil society in addressing the humanitarian development nexus in supporting refugees and host communities”. This was moderated by Dr. Fatoumata Troure, the IFRC Director for Africa region. Uganda is the second largest refugee hosting country globally after Turkey with over 1.3 million refugees (UHCR Report, June 2017). Uganda has an open door policy on refugee reception and settlement, a model described as the best in the world. This inclusive refugee policy empowers refugees to become economically self-reliant and grants them many privileges enjoyed by the country's nationals who also share their community resources with them. In a bid to solicit for funds to meet the ever growing needs of these many refugees in Uganda, Uganda hosted the solidarity summit where the international community was invited to participate and support Uganda on this noble cause.

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Water and Sanitation Crisis Interventions.A Red Cross Perspective with the Emergency Response Module (M40) & Mass Sanitation Model (MSM)

Thirst nearly killed me. I drunk dirty water on the way together with my children. The sun was too hot; we had walked close to 80 kilometers without any food or water. I almost collapsed but we managed to pull it through to Uganda.” 38-year-old Julia Amer, mother 0f 5 children in Imvepi refugee settlement, West Nile, Northern Uganda. She’s now able to access clean and safe water. Thanks to water tap constructed by Uganda Red Cross in the community where she lives. While Julia now smiles with access to clean and safe water, Water, essential as it is for human survival, remains one of the scarce resources that host communities continue to share with the growing number of refugees from South Sudan on a daily basis. Severe water shortages in the West Nile contribute to high mortality due to disease outbreaks, hunger / malnutrition which have been named among the major humanitarian crises. Uganda Red Cross with support from the federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent through partner National Societies (German Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross and British Red Cross) launched efforts to improve water access through the provision of the M40 (Emergency response Unit M40) and the Mass Sanitation Module (MSM) respectively.

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China Red Cross donates Humanitarians items worth a billion shillings to Uganda Red Cross Society.

On behalf of the China Red Cross Society, the Chinese Embassy in Uganda has today handed over items worth 202,300USDs (Approx. UGX 1 billion to Uganda Red Cross Society. The items were donated by the China Red Cross Society and channeled to Uganda through the China Sinopharm International Corporation, a privately owned company that coordinated the transportation of the goods up to the final recipient (Uganda Red Cross Society). The donated items include: 300 Unlined Tents, 900 Blankets, 500 Sleeping Bags, 200 Tarpaulins, 500 Cups, 500 Plates, 6 Examination beds, 6 delivery tables, 6 Electronic Sphygmomanometers, 6 Stethoscopes, 6 Autoclaves, 6 Weight Scales, 50 Wheel Chairs, 6 operating tables, 10 Desktop Computers, 10 Laptops, 10 Multifunctional Printers, 10 Digital Cameras, 5 Gasoline water pumps, 500 Quilts and 500 towel Blankets. These were handed over to the URCS by the Chinese Economic and Commercial Counselor in Uganda Ms. Zhau Xinfen at the Uganda Red Cross Society offices in Rubaga. “Today I hand over these items to you as donated by the Red Cross Society of China and encourage you to use them to improve the lives of vulnerable Ugandans. We trust that Uganda Red Cross is the best partner to work with on humanitarian issues in this country and that they will deliver. Thank you.” Zhau remarked. While receiving the donated items, the Uganda Red Cross Secretary General Robert Kwesiga appreciated the Red Cross Society of China for the good partnership shared with Uganda Red Cross over the years.

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CHINA RED CROSS EXPRESSES INTEREST TO SUPPORT URCS BLOOD DONOR RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

In Uganda today, nearly 50% of inpatient deaths among children under-five are attributed to malaria which causes severe anemia. Therefore, 50% of all blood collected in Uganda is used to treat these children. Haemorrhage contributes to 34% to all maternal deaths in Uganda hence 30% of donated blood is used to save lives of pregnant women with complications of pregnancy and child birth, including Haemorrhage and malaria-induced anemia.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.  Blood remains a scarce resource in many hospitals and therefore calls for combined efforts to mobilise it in a bid to save lives. Uganda Red Cross has a role of mobilizing blood donors in the country. On 27th August, 2016, the Uganda Red Cross Society received a delegation from China who had come to explore opportunities of partnership with the Uganda Red Cross Society to support blood donor recruitment. The delegation was led by Wang Rupeng, the Vice president of the Red Cross society of China, Liu Xuanguo, the Vice chairperson of the Chinese foundation among others. Much as they have been partners before, the partnership is being shifted from emergency response support to blood transfusion services. The delegation visited the URCS- Jinja branch to pilot the project.

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Jun2017

Water and Sanitation Crisis Interventions

Water and Sanitation Crisis Interventions

A Red Cross Perspective with the Emergency Response Module (M40) & Mass Sanitation Model (MSM).By Irene Nakasiita – Uganda Red Cross Society. “Thirst nearly killed me. I drunk dirty water...

05
Aug2017

Uganda hosts summit on Refugees

Uganda hosts summit on Refugees

“The role of the Red Cross as a local actor in the humanitarian response cannot be underrated while discussing the localization agenda in responding to issues of refugees and the...

07
Aug2017

Belgian Red Cross equips disaster response team for WASH

Belgian Red Cross equips disaster response team for WASH

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), national disaster response team, has received expert training in disaster management. The nine-day training in Arua district commenced on May 15, 2017 and ended...

07
Aug2017

URCS, Makerere University Launch World Disaster Report

URCS, Makerere University Launch World Disaster Report

URCS, Makerere University Launch World Disaster Report Only a fraction of total international aid expenditure is funneled into risk reduction, with up to two-thirds of disaster spending occurring after a...

07
Aug2017

Uganda Red Cross donates scholastic boards to children in Northern Uganda

Uganda Red Cross donates scholastic boards to children in Northern Uganda

Uganda Red Cross donates scholastic boards to children in Northern Uganda Uganda Red Cross in partnership with the German Red Cross recently donated boards and other scholastic materials to children...

08
Aug2017

Youth celebrate Red Cross day in Eastern Uganda

Youth celebrate Red Cross day in Eastern Uganda

Young people in Eastern Uganda organised a youth camp to commemorate the Red Cross day.The event was hosted at Light Secondary School Busia from May, 5 - 9. The camp...

08
Aug2017

Tears As Refugee Children Reunite With Their Families

Tears As Refugee Children Reunite With Their Families

Have you been away from your close family for a day, a week, a month or even a year? How did it feel? If well planned, it could be non-eventful....

08
Aug2017

Northern Uganda staff trained in psychosocial support with Icelandic Red Cross support

Northern Uganda staff trained in psychosocial support with Icelandic Red Cross support

Uganda Red Cross Society recently held a four days Psychosocial Support Training session for its staff and volunteers to empower them with skills on how to deal with psycho-social issues. ...

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Water and Sanitation Crisis Interventions

Water and Sanitation Crisis Interventions

Friday, 16 June 2017 09:02

A Red Cross Perspective with the Emergency Response Module (M40) & Mass Sanitation Model (MSM).By Irene Nakasiita – Uganda Red Cross Society. “Thirst nearly killed me. I drunk dirty water...

Uganda hosts summit on Refugees

Uganda hosts summit on Refugees

Saturday, 05 August 2017 20:51

“The role of the Red Cross as a local actor in the humanitarian response cannot be underrated while discussing the localization agenda in responding to issues of refugees and the...

Belgian Red Cross equips disaster response team for WASH

Belgian Red Cross equips disaster response team for WASH

Monday, 07 August 2017 05:31

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), national disaster response team, has received expert training in disaster management. The nine-day training in Arua district commenced on May 15, 2017 and ended...

URCS, Makerere University Launch World Disaster Report

URCS, Makerere University Launch World Disaster Report

Monday, 07 August 2017 06:49

URCS, Makerere University Launch World Disaster Report Only a fraction of total international aid expenditure is funneled into risk reduction, with up to two-thirds of disaster spending occurring after a...

Uganda Red Cross donates scholastic boards to children in Northern Uganda

Uganda Red Cross donates scholastic boards to children in Northern Uganda

Monday, 07 August 2017 08:11

Uganda Red Cross donates scholastic boards to children in Northern Uganda Uganda Red Cross in partnership with the German Red Cross recently donated boards and other scholastic materials to children...

Youth celebrate Red Cross day in Eastern Uganda

Youth celebrate Red Cross day in Eastern Uganda

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 06:06

Young people in Eastern Uganda organised a youth camp to commemorate the Red Cross day.The event was hosted at Light Secondary School Busia from May, 5 - 9. The camp...

Tears As Refugee Children Reunite With Their Families

Tears As Refugee Children Reunite With Their Families

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:10

Have you been away from your close family for a day, a week, a month or even a year? How did it feel? If well planned, it could be non-eventful....

Northern Uganda staff trained in psychosocial support with Icelandic Red Cross support

Northern Uganda staff trained in psychosocial support with Icelandic Red Cross support

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:32

Uganda Red Cross Society recently held a four days Psychosocial Support Training session for its staff and volunteers to empower them with skills on how to deal with psycho-social issues. ...

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