Barely a year after the World Health Organisation had declared Uganda polio free; on October 20th polio case was confirmed in Bugiri district, Eastern Uganda. A 2 year old child developed paralysis and 100 samples taken from the same area were positive for wild polio virus type 1 .Tests of samples done in South Africa found the virus to have been imported from the Turkana area in Kenya.
The Data Exchange Platform for the Horn of Africa is an inter-agency initiative of the UN and other humanitarian organizations operating in the Horn of Africa. It was launched in 2002 to meet mission-critical data and services and increase information base for humanitarian,
The Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of Cholera in Kasese district - south Western Uganda. A cumulative figure of 61 cases has been on admission and 01 death registered (0.61% mortality rate).
The deadly meningitis disease that broke out in Hoima and Arua in early January has now spread to Masindi, Moyo, Adjumani and Nebbi districts affecting 324 people by 28 January 2009. The disease has so far killed a total of 42 residents in the five districts with many more residents under serious threat.