UK Gives Uganda Shs 5B for Children Affected by El Nino

UK Provided Shs 5b to support UNICEF’s response to children affected by El Nino in Uganda

One of the contestants vying for the Nakaseke North Member of Parliament seat has allegedly disappeared under unclear circumstances.

Ivan Masembe who was elected flag bearer for the opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] according to party mobilizers has not surfaced since last week.

Harold Kaija, sildenafil the FDC Deputy Secretary General informed us that Masembe was last seen on Thursday last week. Police in the area, advice the party is concerned, has not made any progress in pinning the whereabouts of the aspirant.

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It is unclear whether or not Masembe was kidnapped. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga and his deputy were yet to return our repeated requests for a comment.

Masembe is facing former Energy Minister Hon Syda Bbumba who defeated three candidates in a highly contested race for the ruling NRM’s flag.

The UK Government through its international development agency, try the Department for International Development (DFID), has provided one million pounds (about five billion Uganda Shillings) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to support its emergency preparedness and response to children affected by the ongoing El Nino in Uganda.

Following the recent heavy and continuous rains across the country, many districts have been affected by flooding and water logging, exposing children and women to a greater risk of disease outbreaks such as cholera, malaria, diarrhea, and typhoid, among others.

According to Aida Girma, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda, this contribution will immediately help to reduce the damaging impact of the heavy rains on children in many parts of the country.

“We are extremely grateful to the people of the United Kingdom for their ongoing support to help the most vulnerable children across Uganda survive,” she added.

UNICEF has revealed that the support will benefit children and women from the 32 highly affected Districts of Bududa, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Sironko, Butaleja, Kasese, Ntoroko, Amolatar, Amuria, Katakwi, Nakapiripirit, Napak, Kaberamaido, Otuke, Moyo, Kampala, Mbale, Tororo, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Kween, Budibugyo, Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong, Amudat, Kisoro, Kabale, Rukungiri, Kanungu, Ntungamo and Kabarole.

Speaking about the support, Jennie Barugh, Head of DFID Uganda, noted that the funding from the United Kingdom will ensure that UNICEF can reach the children and families who are most in need.

“It will allow them to gain vital access to basic health services and clean and safe water, which will help save lives.”

Working closely with the Office of the Prime Minister, line ministries, local government and partners, UNICEF’s emergency response to El-Nino affected populations includes, the provision of clean and safe water and promotion of proper sanitation and hygiene practices to prevent diseases like cholera;

The DFID support will enable the procurement of life-saving supplies such as: water purification tablets, storage and hand-washing tanks; therapeutic foods; health kits with essential drugs; anti-malarial medication; vaccines; long-lasting insecticide treated nets; and scholastic materials, among others.

The support will also ensure robust social mobilization through radio programmes and house-to-house awareness campaigns on good child health and family care practices.

In order to keep affected children alive, safe and learning, UNICEF and its partners are collaborating with the Office of the Prime Minister to support early warning of disaster events such as flooding and landslides as well as early response action.


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