UK injects £ 1 m into Uganda El Nino emergency fund

Several cars and trucks being swept away in unusually heavy downpour in Uganda

Several cars and trucks being swept away in unusually heavy downpour in Uganda

The UK Government through its international development agency, 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. Over 15 people have been killed by floods caused by El Nino rains that have been experienced in several parts of the country

“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.” Aida Girma, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda.

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.

Jennie Barugh, Head of DFID Uganda, noted that “This 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.

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.