Uganda Red Cross Interventions curb Cholera Epidemic

URC interventions curb cholera epidemic in Western Uganda.Forty-six-year-old Modesto Kiswangiri lives
in Karitusi village,in Kasese district, South western Uganda.

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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 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 Cross society volunteers in the region. The massive social mobilization involves volunteers moving door to door, sharing the information on Marburg outbreak and how community members can avoid spreading it from one person to another. In October this year, 3 Marburg positive cases were registered and confirmed in Mayok sub-county, in Kween District. Unfortunately, the three people died and were from the same family. The ministry of Health in Uganda issued a press release confirming the deaths to Marburg, a disease that natives were not familiar with. Being a rare outbreak, communities were disturbed and didn’t easily embrace the news. They lived in fear, some thought it was “black magic” at work, while some people stopped eating from that family, greeting or even identifying with the survivors. As part of Uganda Red Cross surveillance for disease outbreaks and response, a team of about 200 response volunteers were deployed to support the community in the fight against this viral out-break. This has since improved people’s behavior and attitudes to fight the scourge.

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

The international federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement joined Uganda Red Cross society to participate in the Global Health Security Agenda conference held in Uganda recently. The conference was held from 25th – 27th October, 2017 at Commonwealth Speke Resort in Munyonyo. This was attended by delegates from across the globe, representing Health Ministries, World Health Organizations, heads of International and National organizations, Academia, and other Health and Agricultural Actors world over. The theme was “Health Security for all”, focusing on engaging Communities, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Private Sector in fostering the health priorities of all people globally. As a humanitarian organization that aims at saving lives, the Red Cross responds to emergencies as one of the health interventions in communities where we operate. During this GHSA, Red Cross shared its role in building community resilience for health security. Speaking during the ministerial break out session on “Vulnerable communities and role of security and defense in GHSA”, Robert Kaufman, the Deputy Director of Africa Region, International Federation of the Red Cross emphasized the role of the Red Cross Volunteers in detecting disease outbreaks and communication for immediate action.

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Uganda Red Cross interventions curb Cholera epidemic in Western Uganda.

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 is very hard working. They are subsistence farmers and struggle to fend for their children and educate them. Their dream is to build a permanent house, start a sustainable business and visit Kampala someday to learn about how people get market for agricultural products. This dream however almost got shattered on September 26th, 2017 when Cholera epidemic hit Kasese district, claimed 3 lives and left hundreds admitted in hospital. Modesto was among the many admitted at Bwera Hospital, the district referral health facility where a cholera treatment centre was set up to treat the affected. On the fateful day, Modesto came from the garden with low energy. He was supported to his house to rest by his wife. She kept on checking on him, monitoring his breath and gave him food although he had lost appetite. His health worsened in the wee hours of the night. His wife Gertrude woke up to call neighbours to help her find means of transport to move him from home to Bwera hospital which is about 6 kilometres away from their home.

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Our UK Goodwill Ambassador Dr Sukhwinder Singh has been awarded the Global Change maker 2017 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 award from the University of Northampton where he leads on post graduate Social Work training and education. The Global Changemaker award recognises the global reach and social impact of University staff who work across borders to address both local and global challenges. Dr Singh’s work with the Uganda Red Cross Society has been praised for its humanity and practice focus on developing support and protecting refugee children from South Sudan. There are currently over one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda and Uganda Red Cross works with the Ugandan UK Diaspora community to harness professional expertise and resources to serve humanity. Dr Singh appreciated the Changemaker ethos and space afforded by the University of Northampton to enable him to work collaboratively with Red Cross staff & volunteers. “The Global Changemaker award is a great honour and recognises the collective humanitarian of the Red Cross in Uganda which has been pivotal to affording sanctuary, meeting basic needs and offering social support and protection to South Sudanese refugees.” Dr Singh noted.

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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...

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. ...

20
Oct2017

Delegates Applaud URC For Promoting Hygiene in Imvepi and Bidi Bidi Camps.

Delegates Applaud URC For Promoting Hygiene in Imvepi and Bidi Bidi Camps.

Delegates from International Federation of Red Cross and different National Societies, together with Uganda Red Cross teams have this week been traversing refugee settlements in West Nile. Among the areas...

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...

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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...

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. ...

Delegates Applaud URC For Promoting Hygiene in Imvepi and Bidi Bidi Camps.

Delegates Applaud URC For Promoting Hygiene in Imvepi and Bidi Bidi Camps.

Friday, 20 October 2017 12:25

Delegates from International Federation of Red Cross and different National Societies, together with Uganda Red Cross teams have this week been traversing refugee settlements in West Nile. Among the areas...

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...

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