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UNICEF Uganda thanks Italy for funding to humanitarian response

KAMPALA, 10 August 2004 – UNICEF in Uganda today expresses its appreciation to the Government of Italy for its recent contribution of US$624,220, made toward the United Nations Consolidated Interagency Emergency Appeal for 2004.  UNICEF is pleased to announce that the contribution will strengthen the agency’s ongoing accelerated response to the most urgent humanitarian needs of the internally displaced population (IDP) in northern and eastern Uganda, including the most vulnerable children and women.

The range of activities in which the Italian contribution will be utilized includes the following:

  • Conduct immunization and hygiene education activities in IDP camps in Apac and Kitgum Districts;
  • Install additional shelter materials to assist child “night commuters” in Gulu District;
  • Conduct tracing and resettlement of unaccompanied children in Apac, Kitgum, Lira, Kaberamaido, Katakwi and Soroti Districts;
  • Provide training in psychosocial issues for teachers in Apac and Lira Districts
  • Transport formerly abducted children, from reception centres to home communities, in the conflict-affected districts; 
  • Procure additional emergency shelter and household items for distribution in the conflict-affected districts

UNICEF Representative in Uganda, Martin Mogwanja, said that the contribution from the Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy was all the more important due the rising numbers of IDPs in the north and east – now at more than 1.6 million people, 80 per cent of whom are children and women.

“We are grateful for the strong commitment by the Government and people of Italy to stem the impact of conflict on hundreds of thousands of children,” he said.

“Every day in northern Uganda, children wake up to the debilitating impact of displacement and poverty, not knowing if that day will bring with it violence and abuse that can scar or even end their lives.  A commitment to provide the basic needs of children by the international community, such as the one being demonstrated by Italy, is required now more than ever,” he said.

In the past ten months, UNICEF has expanded and accelerated its response in the sectors of health, water and sanitation, education and shelter for IDPs, in close coordination with local governments in the affected districts, and with WFP, UN OCHA and NGO implementing partners.  Priority actions for the remaining months of 2004 include expanding the assistance for vulnerable and separated children (including child “night commuters”) in IDP camps, and expanding the programme to address sexual and gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and HIV/AIDS in IDP camps.

For more information, please contact:
Chulho Hyun, UNICEF Media, Kampala 077 222347
Anne-Lydia Sekandi, UNICEF Media, Kampala 077 409016





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