Humanitarian Health Action

Uganda situation reports


  • 17 November 2017

    WHO donates motorcycles to support Marburg response in eastern Uganda

    World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 10 motorcycles to Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to enhance Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) contact tracing, active case search as well as disease and death surveillance in Kween and Kapchorwa districts. The Motorcycles worth USD 32,000 will eventually be used to strengthen the community disease surveillance system in the two districts when the current outbreak response activities come to an end.

  • 15 November 2017

    International Health Emergency Response plan on Marburg virus disease

    WHO has been implementing the Emergency Response Plan since 20 October 2017 when the Ministry of Health officially declared the outbreak. WHO released US$ 624 000 from the Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) to rapidly respond which has proven to help contain the outbreak.

  • 10 November 2017

    Uganda and Kenya Hold Cross Border Meeting on Marburg Virus Disease

    Political leaders, civil servants, health workers and security officers from Kenya and Uganda have agreed to establish mechanisms to share disease surveillance data across districts and borders in order to prevent or control disease outbreaks.

  • 8 November 2017

    Local Communities in Kween District Embrace Marburg Virus Disease Control Interventions

    The Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) response activities in Kween district eastern Uganda are now in full throttle despite initial scepticism from sections of the community. Association of the disease with witchcraft, poor information flow from the treatment centre to the community, inadequate logistics, terrain of the area and presence of few partners on ground were major challenges in the initial stages of the response.

  • 4 November 2017

    Health Workers urged to Work with Communities to Stop Marburg

    As the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) continues to unfold in Kween district, eastern Uganda, frontline health workers battling the outbreak have been urged to nurture local capacity to be able to respond to both the current and future outbreaks.

  • 20 October 2017

    WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border

    WHO is working to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD) that has appeared in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya. At least one person is confirmed to have died of MVD and several hundred people may have been exposed to the virus at health facilities and at traditional burial ceremonies in Kween District, a mountainous area 300 kilometres northeast of Kampala.


  • 22 August 2017

    Cholera situation in the WHO African Region

    A total of 55 185 cases and 1187 deaths have been reported in 2012 from 21 countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, Sierra Leone and Uganda accounted for 92% of the cases and 88% of the deaths. WHO and other partners continue to provide guidance and technical support to the affected countries in the areas of multi-sectoral coordination; surveillance; case management; infection prevention and control; logistics; community awareness; cross border collaboration; and resource mobilization. Experts in these different areas were deployed in the field to support the investigation and response to cholera outbreaks.


  • 10 August 2011

    WHO responds to essential health needs Horn of Africa

    WHO calls for US$ 23.4 million to counter malnutrition and the spread of disease in the Horn of Africa.

  • 3 August 2011

    WHO develops health sector response plan for the Horn of Africa humanitarian crisis

    29 July 2011 - The World Health Organization (WHO) will require US$ 29.5 million to finance the prevention and mitigation of disease in the Horn of Africa drought affected areas. The health of 12.4 million people is at risk as a result of widespread malnutrition and disease following the worst drought in the region in decades.

  • 20 July 2011

    Building up health response in the Horn of Africa

    Drought and food insecurity in the Horn of Africa have exhausted the regular coping mechanisms of affected communities. The resulting crisis is taking a heavy toll on the health of populations in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti.

  • 14 July 2011

    Impact on the health of communities in the Horn of Africa

    The health and nutritional status of many communities in the Horn of Africa is fast deteriorating. The cycle of hunger-ill-health-poverty means that fewer resources are dedicated to health care just as health needs increase as a result of poor diet. Lack of water and precarious sanitation further increase the risk of communicable diseases.

  • 8 July 2011

    Drought and food crisis in the Horn of Africa

    The Horn of Africa is facing what has been described as the worst drought in over half a century. Around ten million people in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.