Uganda, UN Agencies Join Hands in Decisive Malaria Fight

Kabale Sports Club has postponed the Kabale Easter Open Golf Championship following the outbreak of the contagious rift valley fever last week.

Edward Kabuchu the Club chairperson says they decided to postpone the tournament after consultations with the sponsors as well as Kabale district authorities following the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever which has so far killed one.

The tourney was supposed to run from 25th to 26th March 2016 during the Easter weekend.

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“I would like to inform all the members and all golfers who had registered to participate in the tournament that after consultations with the sponsors and the Kabale district  authorities  on the rift valley virus outbreak in Kabale, rx it has been agreed that the event be postponed ,” said Kabuchu.

Uganda Breweries Limited’s of Johnnie Walker brand is sponsoring the event.

The United States President’s Malaria Initiative, more about led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, has joined forces with the Government of Uganda in the battle against malaria by donating more than a quarter of a million mosquito nets for people living in refugee settlements in Uganda.

Other partners in the initiative are the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The nets, which have been treated with insecticide and are made to be especially long-lasting, are expected to protect thousands of refugees and Ugandans from malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Malaria continues to be the leading cause of death amongst people living in refugee-hosting districts.

Efforts to tackle the problem include clearing of breeding places, early diagnosis and treatment but by far the best way to bring down deaths from malaria is to prevent people from catching it in the first place.

The donated nets are expected to help prevent some of the 86 deaths from malaria that happen amongst the refugee population every year.

The nets will be distributed across all the refugee settlements in Uganda. The official launch will take place at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement next Tuesday, attended by Ministry of Health Programme Manager Jimmy Opigo, Commissioner for Refugees David Apollo Kazungu, USAID Health Office Director Margaret Sancho, USAID Malaria Technical Advisor Brian Kapella, UNHCR Representative to Uganda Neimah Warsame, WHO Representative Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, UNICEF Health Specialist Dr. Rabin Drabe and UNFPA Country Representative Esperance Fundira.

“Since PMI activities started in Uganda, all-cause mortality in children under five has decreased by 34 percent. We expect this new contribution of long-lasting insecticide treated bednets will contribute to better health outcomes for these often marginalized populations who suffer disproportionately from malaria,” said Mark Meassick, USAID Deputy Mission Director.

Commissioner for Refugees David Apollo Kazungu expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Government for the donation.

“We thank the President’s Malaria Initiative for their generous donation, which will go a long way to tackling the problem of malaria in the refugee settlements,” said Kazungu.

“A healthy population is a strong population and a productive population. By tacking malaria, we can help refugees and Ugandans alike to make the most of their abundant talents.”


Uganda is currently host to more than half a million refugees and asylum-seekers.

In 2015 alone, more than 100,000 people sought safety in Uganda, the vast majority fleeing war and human rights abuses in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

Uganda has a long history of provided sanctuary to refugees and its policy of integrating refugees within local communities, rather than in camps, is widely considered as an exemplary model.

Officials said acknowledging the outstanding generosity of local Ugandan communities in welcoming refugees, the humanitarian response in refugee-hosting areas ensures that at least 30 percent of their efforts go towards assisting local Ugandans.


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