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Uganda Red Cross Responds to Bomb Explosions in Kampala

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 08:32 Written by
Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helps in putting extinguishing a care on
fire after the bomb explosion

Uganda Red Cross Responds to Bomb Explosions in Kampala Kampala – November 16th, 2021 Time check 12:00 PM Uganda Red Cross has today responded and supported 17 causalities who were injured in the bomb explosion in Kampala.

Other responders such as the Police have also handled other cases and numbers are likely to change. Today, 2 bomb explosion incidents were reported in Kampala at about 10:00 AM.

One was reported around the Central Police Station, and another at Jubilee Insurance building along Parliamentary Avenue. Our Response 17 cases were handed by the Red Cross emergency response team. 12 were critical and referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital 5 received on scene care and were discharged Ambulances deployed - 3 First responders and Emergency Medical technicians – 50 Response in coordination with Police, Ministry of Health, and KCCA.

One ambulance deployed at Nansana where another bomb scare has been reported at 12:40PM

Uganda Red Cross First Aid responders giving attending to one of the
victims of the Bomb explosion

WHO WE ARE

The Uganda Red Cross is a local humanitarian agency that responds to emergencies in the country to save lives of vulnerable people. We are established by an Act of Parliament in Uganda in 1964.

(The Red Cross Act, Cap57), a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that draws mandates from the Geneva Conventions and additional protocols.

Mission: To fulfil the URCS mandate and obligation in delivering quality and sustainable humanitarian assistance.

Vision: A Partner of Choice in Uganda in Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities, and Promoting Human Dignity.

Bomb explosion in Kampala

Uganda Red Cross Response To The Congolese Refugee Influx

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 08:11 Written by
A Uganda Red Cross Volunter puting an arm bracelet on a refugee at Nyakabande
Transit Center after regestration

On 7th November 2021, heavy fighting between armed forces began in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the areas of Runyonyi and Tshanzu around the Virunga Mountains a few miles away from Uganda.

The fighting caused a huge population movement from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda.

Egbeble Mohamed moved from DR-Congo with his family and shares with us; “It was midnight, many people were sleeping but I was still awake. I heard gun shots and in a short time, people were running. I too feared and joined the group running. Our family is not far from the Uganda border Bunagana. We found ourselves here.” Mohamed narrates.

By morning on 8th November, thousands of Refugees had gathered at Bunagana Primary School in Bunagana town council and Kibaya market. Uganda Red Cross Kisoro branch deployed volunteers to work alongside the district officials to support and offer lifeline support to the new arrivals. “We worked with the district officials. We had heard news of the fighting early in the morning, and already many people had camped at Bunagana primary school. Many were tired and needed rest so the Kisoro District Disaster Management Committee resolved that they should be taken to Nyakabamde Transit Center to acquire basic needs like medication and food. “As Uganda Red Cross we supported in the registering of those coming in as well as helping in tracing those that could not see their relatives through the restoring family links program, gave first aid to the injured, helped children to cross busy roads and gave families psychosocial support.” Prim Rose Natukunda, Uganda Red Cross Kisoro branch.

Offering lifeline information to the new arrivals

Rukundo Manasseh Assistant Chief Administrative Officer and the Chairperson of the District Disaster Management Committee noted that the numbers were overwhelming but they tried to support with help from partners such as Red Cross. “We didn’t want to get other risks such as disease outbreaks like Cholera, Ebola or Covid 19. By morning, teams from Uganda Red Cross were on ground registering and offering support to the refugees." Rukundo added.

According to the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) report of 8th November, an estimated number of 5000 people had fled to Uganda due to the fighting. However, on 9th November, the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo had calmed down which made some of the refugees go back home.

Currently about 1100 refugees are still at Nyakabande Transit Center and are receiving aid from the Partners on ground and the Government of Uganda.

Uganda Red Cross Volunteer helping children to cross the busy Bunagana
border point

Uganda Red Cross Society is improving Menstrual hygiene management for refugees in West Nile.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 20:54 Written by
Fatuma Kiyang receives a Menstrual Hygiene Management kit

Fatuma Kiyang is a 17-year old South Sudanese refugee who fled to Uganda when the armed conflict destabilized Southern Sudan. She, like many other young girls, have made their home in village A of zone 3 West of the Palorinya Refugee Settlement.

Palorinya Refugee Settlement has approximately 2,221 girls aged between 12 and 17 years who go to school. Due to the lack of menstrual health hygiene materials, the girls find it hard to access clean, and adequate menstrual hygiene materials to use during menstrual cycles, which results in them missing school.

Due to this lack of proper menstrual health and hygiene management, 60% of the girls miss up to three days of school attendance each month, which greatly affects their academic performance. 5% of the female learners drop out of school completely because of lack of decent, adequate, and hygienic materials to use resulting in early marriages and teenage pregnancies.

To address this, Uganda Red Cross Society with support from the German Red Cross and supplementary funding from the Swiss Red Cross, procured 1,458 menstrual hygiene management kits which were distributed to 251 girls residing in the Palorinya Refugee Settlement. Each of the kits included reusable sanitary pads, a bucket, Kitengi, hanging line rope, a bar of soap, and pegs.

Fatuma is among girls who received menstrual hygiene management kits. She comes from a very poor family which cannot afford to buy sanitary pads at 3500/= each packet for the girl during menstruation every month.

Gune Sylvia, the Senior Woman Teacher is also responsible for
Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management at Idiwa Parents Senior
Secondary School


Fatuma says, “Before I received the menstrual management kits, I suffered from periods. I used pieces of cloth cut from used fabrics. Blood at times passed through and I had a bad smell. I hid from people for fears of laughing at me which made me miss school during my menstrual days”. She added that “No one was there to provide the pads to use. No soap to bath and used pads were hanged in dirty places for fears of other people seeing them. However, the situation changed when the Red Cross came to my school with the good news of distributing menstrual hygiene kits to selected girls”.

Gune Sylvia, the Senior Woman Teacher at Idiwa Parents Senior Secondary School teaches the students on menstrual health management, mentions that “Fatuma is one of the vibrant and active students who deserved not to miss out on the kits”.

Fatuma now happily attends school regularly without worrying about soiling herself during her periods. She adds that “No one in class including the boys tells when I am in my periods. I concentrate and pay attention to what the teachers teach, and I participate actively in class. The kit helped to boost my confidence. Thank you so much the Swiss Red Cross for the support. The kit has helped to keep me in school, I am no longer worried about dropping out of school because I have hygiene materials to use”.

Prime Minster, Rt. Hon Robinah Nabanja Commissions Bunambutye Resettlement Health Center

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 20:53 Written by
The completed and fully equipped Bunambutye Resettlement Health
Center 3

Prime Minster, Rt. Hon Robinah Nabanja Commissions Bunambutye Resettlement Health Center III in Bulambuli District.

In August 2020, the Government of Uganda entrusted the Uganda Red Cross Society with funding to construct a Health Center III in the Bunambutye Resettlement Center in Bulambuli district. The Health Center 3 is intended to help improve the health care for the people that were displaced from Bududa district due to severe flooding.

A year later, on 27th August 2021, the fully equipped operational Health Center 3 was officially handed over to the Government of Uganda and commissioned by the Prime Minister; Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabanja to commence full-scale operation.

URCS Secretary General, Robert Kwesiga noted that, “We were privileged when the Uganda Government gave us the responsibility of constructing this health center in Bunambutye". He was proud that the Society was handing over a completed Health Facility fully-equipped with the best equipment and already in operation.

The Secretary General also thanked the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister of health for closely working with Uganda Red Cross to make sure that the construction work is successfully completed.

The Health Facility has been equipped with all the necessary medical equipment and staff needed for its operation. The Facility consists of one Out-Patient Department block, a General Maternity ward, a Twin staff house, and one block of two-stance VIP Lined pit latrines.

URCS Secretary General Robert Kwesiga speaks at commissioning
of the Bunambutye HC3.

It also has two block of four-stance VIP lined Pit latrines, a Gatehouse, one incinerator, a placenta pit, one medical waste pit, and staff quarters. It was also equipped with a solar lighting system.

Hon. Hanifa Kawoya, the State Minister for Health in charge of General Duties appreciated the Uganda Red Cross for executing the assignment on time and for being very good stewards of the resources that were entrusted to them. While giving her remarks, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Robinah Nabanja thanked Uganda Red Cross for always complimenting on government efforts in responding to human needs. The Prime Minister also encouraged the community to utilize the health center and added that her office and the Ministry of Health were committed to recruiting a medical Doctor for every Health Center III.

The construction was closely supervised by an inter-government agency committee that was coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister under the Ministry of Disaster and Refugees, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, the Ministry of Local Government and the Bulambuli Local Government Technical Team.

The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja commissions Bunambutye
Health Center 3
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