Reducing the risk of disasters for pastoral communities in Karamoja (Uganda) and northern Pokot (Kenia) dpv

Reducing the risk of disasters for pastoral communities in Karamoja (Uganda) and northern Pokot (Kenia) dpv
Project No. 011 / E

Location Karamoja Region - the 7 districts

Duration January 1, 2012 - June 1, 2013, extended September 30, 2013.

Local Caritas partners from Moroto

Collaborations Danish Church Aid, ACTED

General objective: to increase the capacity of local communities to respond to the danger of drought-related disasters and to support mitigation strategies and response to drought.

Specific objectives:

• Strengthen community response and drought response systems;

• Institutionalize Animal Disease Surveillance - LDS - for the proper collection and distribution of data to encourage a prompt response from communities, local governments and the central government in an emergency;

• make communities able to prevent the occurrence of drought-related disasters.

Description of activities

CMDRR - Community approach to managing disaster risk reduction

1. Training courses organized for each committee through sub-level operators (WASH training, animal health and small business management)

2. VSLA Training Courses - Credit Savings Methodology (through Private Company)

3. Monthly meetings with facilitators

4. Monitoring with Governmental Authorities

5. Exchange visits between committees (7)

6. Knowledge fair: 2 events addressed to communities not involved in the project to sensitize them to the CMDRR approach

7. Radio program

8. Initial and final workshop

9. Updating and distribution of Community plans (10)

LDS - Surveillance of animal diseases

10. Upgrade Course on Participatory Epidemiology for 21 District Veterinarians

11. Collection and analysis of 4,870 samples; Compilation and distribution report to the Ministry of Agriculture (MAAIF) and the district veterinary offices (DVO)

12. Preparation and distribution of a technical report on laboratory activities

13. Organize 4 meetings with animal-based operational partners and local governments to fuel discussions from the information collected

14. Radio programs (3)

15. Organization of 2 meetings (start and end of the project) in collaboration with FAO and MAAIF to discuss how to institutionalize the activities related to animal health in Karamoja: preparation, finalization, submission and signature (by MAAIF and DVOs) A strategic document (LDS / KVL exit / handover strategy) that formalizes the commitment of all major government partners in this regard.

16. Compiling, signing, submitting and distributing the LDS / KVL EXIT / HAND OVER STRATEGY

17. 98 meetings in villages (Kraal) to raise awareness among local communities about animal health and return the results of analyzes on collected samples

18. Exchange visits for 16 paraveticians (CAHW - Community Animal Health Worker)

19. National Workshop on Compiling the National Emergency National Survival Plan (National Livestock Contingency Plan)

20. Regional workshop for updating Karamoja districts (only animal health sections) regarding the national plan

21. Preparation, printing and distribution of laboratory research on the presence of brucellosis in the district of Kotido.

Results obtained in 2013

1. Communities are proactive in implementing actions that have reduced their vulnerability and in compiling / deploying emergency plans and development.

2. Data collected during the LDS has been largely distributed: following the results highlighted, the MAAIF government has begun working on policy-making that will guide future emergency interventions in response to specific animal diseases. In addition, the government has expressed its clear intention (through the signing of the Exit Strategy) to assume the role as a real leader and coordinator of the laboratory and animal health interventions in the region.

Year 2012


- Upgrade Courses for Successful Disaster Risk Management Committees (CDMCs).

- Initial laboratories successfully organized.

- Meetings on the institutionalization of the veterinary strategy in Karamoja successfully organized.

- Carry out animal health and LDS activities, including a draft draft prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture.

- Compiled a technical summary on LDS.

- An updated course on participated epidemiology and on the surveillance of livestock diseases at Community level for local government authorities has been successfully implemented.

- A consultative quarterly meeting has been successfully implemented.

Direct beneficiaries 6,200 people.

The number goes up to 682,767 people, including members of the Community Disaster Management Committees (CDMCs) created in the DPIV ECHO project, livestock owners and local government authorities.

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