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Interesting, right? Enlightenment, right?

Peace!

Press Release: ASD Welcomes decisions that will support and effective Arms Trade Treaty (28.08.2015)

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Ranking of Peace in the East Africa Countries in 2015

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First and foremost I will address what the trending and ranking means. What kind of things that the Global Peace Index does and what kind of attributes and recent history means for individual countries. All of this makes violence, homicides, social security, militarization which is part of the evaluation of the scores which makes the Index. The countries that will take on is Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Which have different histories, though they are close to each other? Why are the numbers so far apart? What makes this? We can wonder. But look through what been said in the report and the numbers.

Last years trend:

“Over the past eight years the average country score deteriorated 2.4 percent, highlighting that on average the world has become slightly less peaceful. However, this decrease in peacefulness has not been evenly spread, with 86 counties deteriorating while 76 improved. MENA has suffered the largest decline of any region in the world, deteriorating 11 per cent over the past eight years (GPI, P: 2).

Economic price of violence:

“The economic impact of violence on the global economy in 2014 was substantial and is estimated at US$14.3 trillion or 13.4 per cent of world GDP. This is equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Since 2008, the total economic impact on global GDP has increased by 15.3 per cent, from US$12.4 trillion to US$14.3 trillion” (GPI, P: 3).

“Societal safety and security:

This section analyses the effects of urbanisation on violence, and finds that peace generally increases with higher levels of urbanisation. This is a by-product of higher levels of development. However, countries that have weak rule of law, high levels of intergroup grievances and high levels of inequality are more likely to experience deteriorations in peace as urbanisation increases” (GPI, P: 3).

“Militarisation:

Since 1990, there has been a slow and steady decrease in measures of global militarisation, with large changes in militarisation occurring rarely and usually associated with larger, globally driven geopolitical and economic shifts” (GPI, P: 3).

Important evaluation that makes the GPI:

  • Ongoing domestic and international conflict
  • Societal safety and security
  • Millitarisation
  • Indirect cost of violence: Accounts for costs that are not directly related to an act of violence and accrue over the long run. This can include losses of income due to injury or pain or grievance of others who were not directly involved in the crime.
  • Internal Peace: A set of indicators that measures how peaceful a country is inside its
  • national borders
  • Negative Peace: The absence of violence or fear of violence.
  • Positive Peace: The attitudes, institutions and structures which create and sustain peaceful societies. These same factors also lead to many other positive outcomes that support the optimum environment for human potential to flourish.
  • Positive Peace Index (PPI): A composite measurement of Positive Peace based on 24 indicators grouped into eight domains.
  • Resilience: The ability of a country to absorb and recover from shocks, for example natural disasters or fluctuations in commodity prices.
  • Violence containment: Economic activity related to the consequences or prevention of violence where the violence is directed against people or property.

(GPI, P: 4).

Listings of Peaceful ratings:

World Rank: Country: Score: State of the Peace: Change in Score: Regional Rank:
130 Burundi 2,323 Low +,0,009 34
155 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 3,085 Very Low -0,033 41
119 Ethiopia 2,234 Low -0,143 27
133 Kenya 2,323 Low -0,086 35
139 Rwanda 2,420 Low -0,027 38
157 Somalia 3,307 Very Low -0,079 42
159 South Sudan 3,383 Very Low +0,107 44
64 Tanzania 1,903 Medium -0,024 10
111 Uganda 2,197 Medium +0,013 24

(GPI P: 8-9, P: 13)

The Regional Rank is set for the region of Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore the regional rank is different from the World Rank. In the World rank it goes from 64 of Tanzania and 159 of South Sudan. That is 100 countries in between in the World, when we talk about peaceful environment and the fear should be one South Sudan (159), Somalia (157) and DRC (155).  Tanzania which is on top is the 64. Next place is for Uganda was ranked on 111, the third and fourth country in the region which was near each other was Kenya (133) and Rwanda (139). And the fifth place is Burundi (130) – which I am certain will fall on the rank after the elections in 2015. But for the GPI 2015 there is still high level for the region.

On Armed Conflicts and War in Sub-Saharan Africa: “Although sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of conflicts, these conflicts tend not to last as long as in other regions. There were only three conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013 which started more than three years ago, two of which are long-standing conflicts in Ethiopia” (GPI, P: 51).

On Peacefulness in the region: “In 2008, MENA had the same level of peacefulness as sub-Saharan Africa, and was the 6th most peaceful region in the world. By 2015 it has become the least peaceful region in the world, deteriorating by 11 per cent over the period” (GPI, P: 55).

On South Sudan: “South Sudan’s ranking declined by only three places, but this was on top of by far the sharpest fall in the 2014 GPI. It remains embroiled in the civil conflict that broke out in December 2013, and which has thus far proved immune to numerous peace efforts” (…) “South Sudan also fell for its third consecutive year, slipping a further 3 places to 159. (GPI, P: 13, 16).

On Somalia: Somalia is on the highest cost of violence percentage of GDP which was 22%. “The majority of” (…) “Somalia’s costs stem from IDPs and refugees and homicides” (…) “The same category represents 54 per cent of Somalia’s total costs. (GPI, P: 77).

The difference is staggering from Somalia and South Sudan to the best state of peace in Tanzania. The other countries in between is ranked so close and with scores that could easily point them further down for next year if the militarization and violence inside the countries continue. Like I have a grand feeling that Burundi will fall on the ranking next year, also Uganda with the recent attacks and continuously going against opposition to the Presidential elections in 2016. Rwanda will sure shut down anybody who goes against the third term of Paul Kagame. There are also issues that are meeting Joseph Kabila’s planed third term in Democratic Republic of Congo. Ethiopia is in a stalemate of totalitarian regime that keeps the borders clear and with the resistance that comes from Somalia or the Omoro Liberation Front (OLF). Kenya has issues with building the border to Somalia where they has also taken districts in Somalia. And Kenya has the fear of Al-Shabab after the terrorist attack in Nairobi (2013) and that has happen also in Kampala (2010) in Uganda.

Therefore these rankings are important to look at because you can see what the state of ease is at, this is about the peace and impact of the authoritarian and totalitarian regimes in these countries. And will be good to follow and see how it really turns out in the next year rankings from the same place the Institute for Economic and Peace.

Hope it’s been a drop of enlightenment for you as well. Peace.

Reference:

Institute for Economics and Peace: “Global Peace Index – 2015 – Measuring Peace, its causes and its economic value”

Draft Estimate for the Budget for the Financial Year of 2015/2016 in Uganda – Quotes and Outtakes

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Draft estimate for the Financial Year of 2015/2016 and how it’s expected to be. It will be a bunch of numbers and I have picked the ones that seem special. The ones that could be questioned and ask yourself why they use so much money on? That tells about how much the government of Uganda planning to use on certain pieces of civil service and ministries that they run. Everybody that wants to look and understand a bigger picture will get a bit more information. But even if this feels like a long piece. Remember the document that was swallowed into this was close to 1200 pages. So that I have written a long piece it’s a reason why and how it became this long. Hope your get some insights and it was worth my time.

Piece by Piece, Government Organization and Ministry:

Office of the President:

The Salaries are the same from 2014/2015 to 2015/2016. No change the same 26,233,125 UGX. The rest of the expenditure is the same except for the secret payment between the financial years and that is the “Classified Expenditure” which goes up sustainably from 2014/2015 when it was 11,069,633 to the next 2015/2016 it becomes 18,069,633. So it means that the Office of the President has one expense that goes to something secret and is up 7,000,000 from last year and the only one(Draft Estimates P: 30). There has even been another classified expenditure that is set for 3,940,034 UGX and this is not for the main Office of the President, but to the specific program of “Monitoring and Evaluation” (Draft Estimates P: 35). Total for the Office of the President is 53,835,847 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 42).

Statehouse:

Another “Classified Expenditure” is set for the FY 2015/2016: 36,700,000 UGX (Draft Estimates P: 44). The Total for the Statehouse is 253, 226,426 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 43).

Office of PM:

Total budget for the Office of the Prime Minister is set to be for the FY 2015/2015: 146,581,639 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 82).

UPF:

“Construction of Pakwach, Kabale, Morulem, Napak Police stations completed; Construction of a staff accommodation block of 4 units at Alebtong completed; Armouries constructed at Ikaffe, Kabalye and Olilim PTS; 10 vehicles procured for PRDP districts; ICT machinery and equipment (communication equipment) procured; Office furniture for Buliisa, Aleptong, Bukwo and Yumbe procured)” (Draft Estimates P: 25). The estimated budget for the UPF is 4bn for the FY 2015/2016.

IGP:

Gen. Kale Kayihura Salary is from next year 103,200,000 UGX (Draft Estimates P: 24).

Uganda Police Force:

Directorate of Counter Terrorism in FY 2015/2016 is 10.254.176 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 834). Directorate of Interpol & Peace Support Operations in FY 2015/2016 is 4.265.402 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 835). Kampala Metropolitan Police in FY 2015/2016 is 19.606.632 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 837). Specialised Forces Unit in FY 2015/2016 is 129.002.902 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 838). Assistance to Uganda Police – Purchase of Motor Vehicles and Other Transport Equipment – Transport Equipment and Aircrafts in FY 2015/2016 is 36.439.322 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 838)

Grand total for the UPF in FY 2015/2016 is 435.133.848 UGX (Draft Estimate 839).

External Security Organization:

A budget issue that is weird that the ESO in the voting didn’t put any funds for staff training for FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 917).

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 18.359.204 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 914).

Uganda Prisons:

Prison and Correctional Services in the FY 2015/2016 is 136.960.199 UGX (Draft Estimate 840). Murchison Bay Hospital in the FY 2015/2016 is 418.750 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 844). Grand total for the Uganda Prisons in the FY 2015/2016 is 136.960.199 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 848).

Ministry of Defense:

Total Vote for the ministry: 1,460,211,641 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 84). The ones that caught my eyes was first Welfare and Entertainment went from last Budget Year 2014/2015: 27,190,131 and this year 2015/2016: 37,614,465 UGX. Special Meals and Drinks a new post in the ministry and costs: 94,645,610 UGX. Subscriptions we’re 2,699,752 UGX in 2014/2015 and next year 2015/2016 cost 12,099,752 UGX – for those who can see that is nearly up 10,000,000 in one budget year! My favorite post in any ministry: ‘Classified Expenditure’ in 2014/2015 costed 342,252,085 and next budget year 2015/2016 all of a sudden 606,304,585. The difference between the budget years is 264,052,500 UGX. The Classified Expenditure is spilt in two pieces. First one is the UPDF Support and is set for 258,578,085 (Draft Estimate P: 86). The second one is Defense Equipment Project is 342,352,500 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 87). AMISOM operation total is 269,784,415 UGX. Classified Expenditure for AMISOM is 5,374,000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 88). External Project Financing: Defense Equipment from Russia is estimated for FY 2015/2016: 264,052,500 UGX and to AMISOM is 298.266.10 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 81).

Ministry of Public Service:

Total budget for is set to 21,908,949 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 103).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Total budget is set to 26,605,155 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 117).

East African Community:

Grand total to the EAC in FY 2015/2016 is set to 24.407.661 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 505).

Embassies and consulates:

Mission in New York:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 16.144.072 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1024).

Mission in London:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.711.810 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1028).

Mission in Ottowa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.948.238 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1032).

Mission in New Dehli:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.455.643 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1036).

Mission in Cairo:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.998.634 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1040).

Mission in Nairobi:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.259.503 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1044).

Mission in Dar Es Salaam:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.742.654 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1048).

Mission in Abuja:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.589.496 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1052).

Mission in Pretoria:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.732.934 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1055).

Mission in Washington:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 5.853.886 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1059).

Mission in Adis Ababa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.346.789 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1063).

Mission in Beijing:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.673.069 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1067).

Mission in Kigali:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.112.602 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1071).

Mission in Geneva:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 5.362.895 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1075).

Mission in Tokyo:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.983.632 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1079).

Mission in Tripoli:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.899.252 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1083).

Mission in Riyadh:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.999.326 UGX (Draft Estimate P 1086).

Mission in Copenhagen:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.487.953 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1090).

Mission in Brussels:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.834.260 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1094).

Mission in Rome:
Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.248.162 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1098).

Mission in Kinshasa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.309.956 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1102).

Mission in Khartoum:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.264.481 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1106).

Mission in Paris:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 4.786.408 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1110).

Mission in Berlin:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.775.725 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1114).

Mission in Tehran:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.220.432 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1118).

Mission in Moscow:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.366.211 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1122).

Mission in Canberra:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.060.051 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 126).

Mission in Juba:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 3.410.337 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1130).

Mission in Abu Dhabi:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.407.393 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1134).

Mission in Bujumbura:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.019.694 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1138).

Consulate in Guangzhou:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 5.135.304 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1142).

Mission in Ankara:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.770.166 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1146).

Mission in Mogadishu:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 2.770.881 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1150).

Mission in Kuala Lumpur:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 1.709.952 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1154).

Mission in Mombasa:

Grand total in FY 2015/2016 is 821.446 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1158).

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs:

First is the difference in ‘Legislation and Legal service’ between last year’s FY 2014/2015 2.934.969 UGX and this FY 2015/2016 is 6.519.956 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 118). Total to the Ministry is 57.324.370 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 133).

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

Macroeconomic Policy and Management was had budget for FY 2014/2015: 14.860.620 UGX and become 22.596.043 UGX in the FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 135). Capitalisation of Institutions cost in FY 2014/2015 the amount of 65.802.344 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 becoming 266.602.344 UGX. The Belgo-Ugandan Study went from 3.167.890 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and comes to 10.237.890 UGX in FY 2015/2016. Development Budget where the Capitalisation and Belgo Uganda Study is a part of went from 86.650.930 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to 303.365.890 UGX in FY 2015/2016. Presidential Initiatives to Banana Industry was in FY 2014/2015: 2.974.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is now 6.530.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 135). Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (Profira) went from 1.542.229 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to 15.251.632 UGX in FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 136). Contribution to Autonomous Institutions from 53.986.033 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to the next year FY 2015/2016 it becomes 278..719.671 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 135). This funds that goes to Contribution to Autonomous Institutions is going to certain institutions in FY 2015/2016. Here is how it’s shared: Uganda Development Bank: 10.000.000, African Development Bank: 4.000.000 UGX, PTA Banks: 4.800.000 UGX, Post Bank: 14.302.344 UGX, Islamic Development Bank 2.000.000 UGX, UN-DCF Symposium: 1.500.000 UGX and Re-Capitalization of BOU: 200.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 142). Capital Punishment was budgeted FY 2014/2015 to 2.974.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is set to become 6.530.000 UGX this is because Other Structures will cost 4.000.000 UGX and didn’t spend on that last budget year (Draft Estimate P: 158). Uganda Free Zones or Total Program 18 was set to 14.009.556 UGX in FY 2014/2015 to become 17.177.409 UGX in FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 159). African Development Fund was there 3.600.110 UGX into subscription in FY 2014/2015. And Outputs funded in FY 2015/2016 is the same 3.600.110 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 160).  That same Output was set in FY 2014/2015, but nothing set for the FY 2015/2016, still it’ s put the same amount as last year with the same amount of cost. That doesn’t make sense.

The Grand total the MoFPED in FY 2014/2015 was 281.508.520 UGX and in the new FY 2015/2016 becoming 551.167.383 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 168).

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Support of the Government Chemist was in FY 2014/2015 was set for 1.301.805 UGX and now in FY 2015/2016 became 3.331.805 UGX. It went up because this year Machinery and Equipment for 1.058.000 UGX compared to last FY (Draft Estimate P: 176).

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal & Fisheries:

Agriculture Supplies from the FY 2014/2015 budget for 7.981.942 UGX and for the FY 2015/2016 set to be 43.285.943 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 184). Transport equipment FY 2014/2015 set 2.400.000 UGX and in next year FY 2015/2016 is set to 4.166.500 UGX. Engineering and design studies & Plans for Capital in FY 2015/2016 set for 4.841.848 UGX. Northern Uganda Farmers Livelihood Improvement Project FY 2015/2016 set for 2.121.842 UGX.  Farm-Based Bee Reserves Establishment Project started in the FY 2015/2016 to be 300.000 UGX.   The Goat Export Project in Sembule District FY 2015/2016 set for 1.200.000 UGX. Livestock Diseases Control Project Phase 2 FY 2015/2016 set to be 7.855.600 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 203-205). Sustainable Fisheries Development Project FY 2015/2016 set to be 1.341.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 206). Water for Agriculture Production FY 2015/2016 is 2.588.320 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 209). MAAIF Coordination/U Growth FY 2014/2015 was set 2.417.000 UGX in FY 2015/2016 set to be 27.217.803 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 214). The Project on Irrigation Scheme Development in Central and Eastern Uganda (PISD)-JI in FY 2015/2016 is set to 5.319.848 UGX. National Farmers Leadership Center (NFLC) FY 2015/2016 is set to 800.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 215).

Total budget for the Ministry of Agriculture was in the FY 2014/2015: 84.075.417 UGX and FY 2015/2016: 142.530.281 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 217).

National Environment Management Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 9.147.189 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 871).

National Agricultural Research Organization:

NARO Internal Audit budgeted for FY 2015/2016 is 82.500 UGX.  National Coffee Research Institute for FY 2015/2016 is 219.156 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 796). National Crops Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 670.049 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 800). National Fisheries Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 589.512 UGX. National Forestry Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 439.458 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 801). National Livestock Research gets for FY 2015/2016 is 311.856 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 802). National Coffee Research Institute gets for FY 2015/2016 is 219.156 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 813).

Grand total for NARO for FY 2015/2016 is 98.983.410 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 817).

National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.450.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 706).

Dairy Development Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.044.202 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 650).

Uganda Coffee Development Authority:

Workshops and Seminars for FY 2014/2015 is 988.640 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 920). Medical and Agricultural supplies for FY 2014/2015 is 28.352.628 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 921). Grand total for FY 2014/2015 is 43.792.300 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 919).

Uganda Cotton Development Organization:

Cotton Production Improvement for FY 2015/2016 is 3.911.000 UGX. Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 7.786.481 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 897).

Ministry of Local Government:

District Administration and Development FY 2014/2015 the GoU is 8.857.525 UGX and External Finance 186.249.482 UGX totally for the FY 2014/2015 was 195.107.007 UGX. On the FY 2015/2016 GoU is 8.275.525 UGX and External Finance 80.987.122 UGX. Totally FY 2015/2016 is now 89.262.647 UGX. The External Finance from last budget year went down totally of 96.986.835 UGX. Which is significant And the total budget cuts is 105.844.360 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 219).  Easy see that the External Finance is the reason why the cuts have happen.

Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Project is FY 2014/2015 was 31.949.871 UGX. Had External Finance 29.879.482 UGX and GoU 2.070.389 UGX. The next FY 2015/2016 put the GoU funding 1.000.000 UGX and External Finance 2.757.122 UGX and the total budget FY 2015/2016 was set 3.757.122 UGX. Total budget difference from FY 2014/2015 to FY 2015/2016 is 28.192.749 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 224).

Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvements Programme (MATIP 2) for the FY 2014/2015 was given from GoU 8.857.525 UGX + External Finance 186.249.482 UGX. Total for last budget year 195.107.007 UGX. FY 2015/2016 from GoU is 8.275.525 + External Finance 80.987.12. Total is 89.262.647 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 225). Difference between FY 2014/2015 versus 2015/2016 is 105.844.360 UGX in cuts and it’s because of less External Finances from the year before.

Total to Ministry of Local Government:

FY 2014/2015 the GoU 32.091482 UGX + External Finance 191.619.482 the total for the year is 223.710.964 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 232).

FY 2015/2016 the GoU 31.135.358 UGX + Eternal Finance 84.91712 the total for the year is 116.052.449 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 232).

Local Government Finance Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.083.375 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 854).

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project for the FY 2015/2016 set for 6.767.783 which is external finance (Draft Estimate P: 234). Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project [CEDP] last FY 2014/2015 totally GoU funding which was 8.884.098 UGX. In FY 2015/2016 the GoU where 8.814.098 UGX with the Eternal Finance was set to 10.280.000 which is totally of 19.094.098 UGX, the difference between the years is the 10.000.000 in External Finance (Draft Estimate P: 241). Capital Purchases from the Ministry for infrastructure projects is set for 6.767.783 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 246).

Total budget for the ministry was FY 2014/2015 set for 30.214.981 UGX and for FY 2015/2016 is now 41.950.419 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 253).

Ministry of Education and Sports:

Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project for FY 2014/2015 were given 8.061.000 UGX and FY 2015/2016 is set 90.395.134 UGX. And the External Finance for the project in the FY 2015/2016 is 88.355.134 UGX and was in FY 8.061.000 (Draft Estimate P: 255). So there is big difference between the budget years.  Emergency Construction of Primary Schools Phase II FY 2015/2016 set for 1.864.900 UGX. Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project was in the budget for FY 2014/2015 we’re 650.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 become 12.187.015 UGX. Skills Development Project for FY 2015/2016 is 19.930.030 UGX. Development of PTCs Phase II comes in the FY 2015/2016 is 5.377.824 UGX. Akii Bua Olympic Stadium get in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.000.000 UGX. National High Altitude Training Centre (NHATC) get in the FY 2015/2016 is 5.829.800 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 256).

Total budget for the Ministry was FY 2014/2015 set for 415.057.518 UGX and for FY 2015/2016 is now 400.556.219 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 283).

Education Service Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.789.344 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 741).

Universities:

Busitema University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 21.337.135 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 583).

Muni University:

Grand Total for FY 2015/306 is set 10.148.045 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 715).

Makerere University:      

Project 1250 Support to Innovation – EV Car Project for FY 2015/2016 is 8.220.610 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 762). Project 1343 SPEDA II cost in FY 2015/2016 is 1.058.000 UGX. Grand Total for FY 2014/2015 is 201.606.596 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 765).

Makerere University Business School:

Grand Total for FY 2015/2016 is 49.652.302 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 777).

Mbarara University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 49.652.302 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 774).

Kyambogo University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 73.828.998 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 783).

Gulu University:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 26.718.718 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 864).

Ministry of Health:

A part of ‘Clinical and Public Health’ has located to the Shared National Services get 6.930.000 UGX for FY 2015/2016 (Draft Estimate P: 285).

Total to the Ministry is was FY 2014/2015 set for 581.740.966 UGX and for FY 2015/2016 is now 521.632.572 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 304). External Project Financing for the ministry was for FY 2015/2016 is 444.021.970 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 305).

Hospitals:

Mulago Hospital Complex:

Management – Incapacity, death benefits and funeral expence: For FY 2015/2016 is 600.00. Staff training for the FY 2015/2016 is 486.656 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 926).

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 53.809.703 (Draft Estimate P: 924).

Butabika Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 9.702.815 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 929).

Arua Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.167.001 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 935).

Fort Portal Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.787.777 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 942).

Gulu Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 6.095.645 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 949).

Hoima Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.906.560 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 955).

Jinja Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.995.690 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 962).

Kabale Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.477.995 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 969).

Masaka Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.359.433 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 976).

Mbale Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 6.723.347 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 982).

Soroti Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.869.977 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 988).

Lira Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.344.172 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 996).

Mbarara Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 6.779.132 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1002).

Mubende Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.756.488 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1008).

Moroto Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 3.214.118 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1013).

Naguru Referral Hospital:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.800.972 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 1019).

Uganda Blood Transfusion Service:

Safe Blood Provision for FY 2015/2016 is 2.517.065 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 878). Regional Blood Banks for FY 2015/2016 is 5.432.786 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 879). Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 8.414.084 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 876).

Uganda AIDS Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 7.747.968 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 563).

Uganda Cancer Institute:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 17.040.925 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 614). External funding from ADB to UCI which is 3.329.460 (Draft Estimate P: 620).

Uganda Heart Institute:

Grand total FY 2015/2016 is 14.282.367 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 621).

National Medical Stores:

Grand total FY 2015/2016 is 218.614.467 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 626).

Health Service Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.169.557 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 753).

Ministry for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives:

Soroti Fruit Factory in the FY 2014/2015 was 4.846.906 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 set to10.482.787 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 306).

Grand Total for the Ministry in FY 2014/2015 was 19.450.781 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 set to 25.594.837 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 322).

Uganda Land Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 15.697.657 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 902).

Ministry of Works and Transport:

Entebbe Airport Rehabilitation Phase 1 FY 2015/2016 is 252.875.768 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 324).  Earth Moving Equipment Japan for FY 2015/2016 is set for 479.281.115 UGX, the GoU has 69.999.740 UGX the rest was 409.281.375 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 325). Transfers to other govt. Units (Capital) – FY 2015/2016 is 261.745.768 UGX, GoU are 8.870.000 UGX and the rest External Finance 252.875.768 UGX. Investmnt (Captial Purchase) – Machinery and equipment: FY 2015/2016 is set for 483.631.055 UGX. GoU is 73.349.680 and External Financing is 409.281.375 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 327). East African Trade and Transportation Facilitation – Construction/Rehabilitation of Railway Infrastructure – Other Structures: FY 2014/2015 we’re 7.000.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 450.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 333). New Ferry to replace Kabalega – Opening South both years FY 2014/2015 and FY 2015/2016 totally for both years 2.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 334). New Standard Gauge Railway Line the budget for FY 2014/2015 was 5.620.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 it’s now 3.500.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 335). Capacity Enhancement of KCCA in Management of Traffic in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.970.000 UGX. Entebbe Airport Rehabilitation Phase 1 in the FY 2015/2016 is 252.875.768 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 336). Master Plan on Logistics in Northern Economic Corridor in the FY 2015/2016 is 3.290.000 UGX. Gulu Municipal Council Roads (Preparatory Survey) in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.090.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 337). Redevelopment of State House at Entebbe in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.500.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 342).

The ministry grand total was FY 2014/2015 is 122.364.181 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 837.629.393 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 357).

Uganda National Roads Authority:

Construction of RD Agency HQs budgeted to 10.000.000 UGX is FY 2015/2016. Design Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba (238km) was budget in FY 2014/2015 was 65.000.000 UGX and it was FY 2015/2016 is 104.400.000 UGX. Kampala Entebbe Express Highway was set for FY 2014/2015 was 130.000.000 UGX to FY 2015/2016 is 233.140.000 UGX. Kampala Flyover for FY 2015/2016 is 19.630.000 UGX. Construction of 66 Selected Bridges for FY 2015/2016 is 10.871.944 UGX. Upgrading of Muyembe-Nakapiripirit (92 km) for FY 2015/2016 is 22.600.000 UGX. Total Development Budget for the UNRA is for FY 2015/2016 is 1.725.000.114 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 595). Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 1.761.658.654 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 611).

Financial from External support for some of the Projects of UNRA:

Design for the New Nile Bridge at Jinja is supported from Japan. Design Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba (238km), Upgrading Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu Road and Upgrading Mbale-Bubulo-Lwakhakha Road is financed from the African Development Bank. Kampala Flyover is supported from Japan (Draft Estimate P: 613).

Road Fund:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 428.101.919 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 634).

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development:

Kampala-Entebbe Expansion Project was in FY 2014/2015 is 4.920.000 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 53.493.000 UGX.  Large Hydro power infrastructure FY 2015/2016 is 2.314.840.000 UGX. The Hydro power projects are: Isimba HPP, Karuma Hydroelectricity Power Project, Muzizi Hydro Power Project and Nyagak III Hydro Power Project (Draft Estimate P: 359). Strengthening the Development and Production Phases of Oil and Gas Sector is set for budget FY 2015/2016 are 63.145.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 402).

Isimba HPP and Karuma Hydroelectricity Power Project is Financed from China. The Kampala-Entebbe Expansion Project is financed Germany Federation Republic. The Muzizi Hydro Power Project was financed from France. Development and Production Phases of Oil and Gas Sector are financed through Norway (Draft Estimate P: 402).

The ministry grand total was FY 2014/2015 is 1.775.909.953 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 2.723.629.310 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 401).

Uganda Industrial Research Institute:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 14.340.221 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 578).

Rural Electrification Agency:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 91.107.608 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 690). Energy for Rural Transformation (ERT) II- Rural Electrification for FY 2015/2016 is 10.944.108 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 693).

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Fund (UWEP) funded through the GoU for the FY 2015/2016 is 1.000.000 UGX. Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) for the budget FY 2015/2016 is set for 33.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 403). Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment – Sector Institutions and Implementing Partners Supported – SAGE beneficiaries: FY 2015/2016 set to 6.800.746 UGX. Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) we’re set budget for FY 2015/2016 is 33.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 418).  Sector Institutions and Implementing Partners Supported – o/w transfers to LGs and KCCA for youth projects FY 2015/2016 is set 27.915.180 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 417).

Grand total for the Ministry was for FY 2014/2015 we’re  62.792.359 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is now 70.398.881 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 420).

Equal Opportunity Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.450.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 701).

Uganda Human Rights Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 11.700.407 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 559).

Ethics and Integrity:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 5.429.296 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 590).

Ministry of Water and Environment:

Support to RWS Project: FY 2014/2015 was set to 29.997.000 UGX and the next budget year FY 2015/2016 is 45.097.000 UGX. Piped Water in Rural Areas: FY 2015/2016 set to 16.675.333 UGX. Urban Water Supply & Sewerage was set for FY 2014/2015: 409.007 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 it is 3.389.007 UGX. Protection of Lake Victoria-Kampala Sanitation Program is set 39.013.434 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and in FY 2015/2016 is set 70.629.000 UGX. Kampala Water Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Program were set to be 17.899.244 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and in FY 2015/2016 is set 47.930.965 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 421). Lake Victoria Environment Management Project was set 10.821.000 UGX for FY 2014/2015 and in the FY 2015/2016 is 25.257.000 UGX. Water Management and Development Project is set to 2.718.539 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and now in FY 2015/2016 is 5.617.000 UGX. Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) budget for 2015/2016 set for 12.661.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 422)

Grand total for the ministry is the 340.742.483 UGX in FY 2014/2015 and in FY 2015/2016 is set to be totally 436.164.599 UGX.

National Forestry Authority:

Support to National Forestry Authority – Agricultural Supplies in the FY 2015/2016 is 1.919.085 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 912).  Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 23.264.295 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 908).

Ministry of Information and Communication Technology:

Grand total to the ministry in FY 2015/2016 is set to be 11.215.240 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 496).

National Information Technology Authority:

Project 1014 National Transmission Backbone project: FY 2015/2016 set for 5.050.058 UGX

(Draft Estimate P: 711). Grand total for NITA for FY 2015/2016 is set for 39.200.998 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 714).

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiques:

Establishment of Regional Satelite Wildlife Conservation in FY 2015/2016 is set 5.040.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 506). Mt. Rwenzori Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (MRTIDP) in FY 2015/2016 is set to 864.027 UGX. Development of Museums and Heritage Sites for Cultural Promotion in FY 2015/2016 is set to 686.000 UGX. Establishment of Lake Victoria Tourism Circuit in FY 2015/2016 is set 300.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 513). Development of Source of the Nile in FY 2015/2016 is set to 680.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 514). Grand total to the ministry for FY 2015/2016 is 17.837.396 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 517).

Uganda Tourist Board:

Grand total FY 2015/2016 is 11.403.457 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 629). Advertising and PR from FY 2014/2015 was 1.287.601 UGX to FY 2015/2016 is 4.188.280 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 630).

Judiciary:

Grand total to FY 2015/2016 in 92.979.388 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 525).

Institutions and Government organization on the Budgets:

Electoral Commission:

Printing, Stationery, Photocopying and Binding in FY 2015/2016 is set to 105.686.649 UGX. Capital Purchases in Machinery and Equipment in FY 2015/2016 is set to 30.000.000 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 528). Management of Election in FY 2015/2016 is set 234.967.009 UGX and in FY 2014/2015 is set 141.688.692 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 530). Grand total to the Electoral Commission for the FY 2015/2016 is set to be 265.580.684 UGX and in FY 2014/2015 it was 150.580.684 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 531).

Inspectorate of Government (IG):

Grand total budget to FY 2015/2016 is set to 37.720.116 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 538).

Parliamentary Commission:

In the FY 2015/2016 the MPS are budgeted 201.164.917 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 540). Contribution to other Organizations –   Gov’t Contribution to EALA- Arusha set for FY 2015/2016 is set 7.257.179 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 542). Administration and Transport Logistics set for 2015/2016 is set 2.905.774 (Draft Estimate P: 551). Grand total to the Parliamentary Commission for the FY 2015/2016 is 301.697.537 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 552).

Law Reform Commission:

Grand total for the FY 2015/2016 is 8.920.536 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 553). The biggest expense from last FY 2014/2015 was 290.405 UGX and in FY 2015/2016 is 1.191.699 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 553-554).

National Planning Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 14.613.907 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 567).

Law Development Center:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 10.110.804 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 572).

Uganda Registration Service Bureau:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 13.715.034 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 638). Up from last FY 2015/2016 on the ‘Rent – (Produced Assets) to private entities’ is 1.702.400 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 639).

National Citizenship and Immigration Control:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 139.589.276 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 643). The biggest post was Capital Punishment – Machinery and equipment which is 76.396.918 UGX in this FY (Draft Estimate P: 644).

Kampala Capital City Authority:

2ND Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project FY 2015/2016 is 82.151.560 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 661). Urban Road Network Development total for the FY 2015/2016 is 139.204.569 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 661). Education and Social Service for FY 2015/2016 is 36.155.136 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 666). Community Health Management for FY 2015/2016 is 9.718.674 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 674). Sanitation and Environmental Services for FY 2015/206 is 13.578.579 UXG (Draft Estimate P: 675).  Gender, Community and Economic Development for FY 2015/2016 is 2.368.822 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 678). Economic Policy Monitoring,Evaluation & Inspection for FY 2015/2016 is 104.749.162 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 681).

Uganda National Examination Board:

Grand total for 2015/2016 is 69.869.913 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 722).

Treasury Operation:

One major reason why the budget was different between years is that 250.000.000 UGX was given to ‘Contribution to Autonomous Institutions’ (CAI) (Draft Estimate P: 728). Grand total between the FY was in 2014/2015 was 1.222.034.703 UGX and in 2015/2016 is 2.088.896.738 UGX. Which is total difference: 866.862.035 UGX, parts of this the CAI (Draft Estimate P: 731).

Auditor General:

Programme 05 Directorate of Value for Money and Specialised Audits for FY 2015/2016 is 4.507.922 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 736). Grand total for the Auditor General for FY 2015/2016 is 46.818.861 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 737).

Directorate of Public Prosecution:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 27.934.069 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 748).

Uganda Management Institute:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 22.763.029 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 784).

Uganda Revenue Authority:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 238.534.130 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 788).

Uganda Bureau of Statistics:

Grand total for UBOS in FY 2015/2016 is 65.543.461 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 827).

Public Service Commission:

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 4.997.601 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 849).

Judicial Service Commission:
Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 3.209.142 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 859).

NAADS Secretariat:

Government Purchases for FY 2015/2016 is 177.704.389 UGX. Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 183.974.681 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 881).

Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA):

Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 10.722.548 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 887).

Uganda National Bureau of Standards:
Grand total for FY 2015/2016 is 20.728.194 UGX (Draft Estimate P: 892).

Peace!

Reference:

Annex 2B: Allocation of Additional resources FY 2015/2016

Republic of Uganda – DRAFT ESTIMATES OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE (RECURRENT AND DEVELOPMENT) – FY 2015/2016 – VOLUME I: CENTRAL GOVERNMENT VOTES – FOR THE YEAR ENDING ON THE 30TH JUNE 2016

Professor PLO Lumumba on “A pan-African perspective…Decolonising the Mind of Africans” (Youtube-Clip) – (04.11.2014)

Well, I know that I’m as European man, and never the less, I am very moved by this speech! Hope you are as well my brother. If not, I don’t know what gives! Listen to the wise words of Professor PLO Lumumba! Peace! 

(Youtube – Speech) President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe speech at the state visit in South Africa – 8th April 2015

Worth looking and listening to. From the industrialization of diamond industry to the spirit if Cecil John Rhodes and so on!

Robert Mugabe actually said: “We grow for those who want to smoke it!”.

Robert Mugabe said: “We want peaceful elections”. He disscussed the intervention in DRC from the Southern Africa standpoint. This with the fear from the  power struggle of Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda in the DRC.

He even said: “As a real dicatator! Yes A dictator who had cut the troath of Ian Smith”. Which he didn’t do. He (Ian Smith) died a natural death.

And so much of more, that you should listen to and get enlighten, and get the vision of President Mugabe today.

Enjoy!

Press Release: First Ebola Vaccine to Be Tested in Affected Communities One Year into Outbreak Ring Vaccination Starts in Coyah, Guinea (25.03.2015)

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Conakry, 25 March, 2015 – The Guinean Government with the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the very first efficacy trial of an Ebola vaccine this week in an affected community of the Basse-Guinée, one of the areas where most Ebola cases are found in the country. Ring vaccination tests of VSV-EBOV, a lead Ebola vaccine developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, received an excellent response from the community in a small village in the Coyah prefecture, where the trial team arrived on 23 March.

“This landmark operation gives hope to all of us, in Guinea and in the world, that we might soon have an effective public health tool against Ebola, should the vaccine prove to be safe and effective,” stated the WHO Representative in Guinea, Dr. Jean-Marie Dangou. “The start of ring vaccination clinical testing today in Guinea is therefore one of the most important milestones we have achieved in seeking a modern line of defense against Ebola.”



Trained medical staff, vaccines and other essential equipment were dispatched from Conakry to Coyah to vaccinate contacts of recently infected people who have given consent in a village of the Coyah prefecture. Vaccinations for now will include only adults, who are most at risk of infection, with the exception of pregnant women.
“We are committed to ending this epidemic,” said Dr. Sakoba Keita, National Coordinator of the Fight against Ebola in Guinea. “Combined with control measures that we are putting in place with our partners, a safe and effective vaccine will allow us to close this trying chapter and start rebuilding our country.”

The ring vaccination strategy consists in identifying recently infected patients and vaccinating all their contacts, thereby creating a ‘ring of immunity’ around them to stop the virus from spreading.

“This very same strategy was a key contribution to eradicating smallpox in the 1970’s, and allows us to vaccinate all those at greatest risk,” explained WHO Coordinator for the Guinea Vaccine Trial, Dr. Ana Maria Henao Restrepo.

Dr. Bertrand Draguez, Medical Director for the Non-governmental Organization Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) stressed that: “The trial is organized on a voluntary basis, and participation is confidential, free and non-remunerated.”



The Guinean Government is fully committed to the success of the vaccine clinical trial. In a 20 March official letter addressed to all the Mayors, Prefects and local Health Officials in Guinea, the Head of the National Coordination Against Ebola in Guinea, Dr Sakoba Keita, asked all local public actors for their full cooperation and support.
A total of around 10 000 people are planned to be vaccinated in 190 rings within a six-eight week period. Volunteers will be followed for three months. Results could be available as early as July 2015.

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Note to editors

About the vaccine and the vaccination strategy:

VSV-EBOV Vaccine was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The vaccine was licensed to NewLink Genetics, and on November 24, 2014, NewLink Genetics and Merck announced their collaboration on the vaccine.

The concept of ring vaccination applied to the Guinea Ebola vaccine clinical trial is based on vaccinating the “rings” (group of contacts of a newly diagnosed Ebola “index case”) either immediately after confirmation of the Ebola diagnosis of the “index case”, or three weeks later (delayed vaccination). This strategy allows all the known contacts to be vaccinated within a short period of time, and it constitutes an excellent alternative to the use of a placebo. The ring vaccination trial design was developed by an international group of experts from Canada, France, Guinea, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and WHO. This group included Professor Donald A. Henderson, who led the WHO smallpox eradication effort.

The Guinea Ebola vaccine trial is a coordinated effort among numerous international partners. The trial is implemented under the responsibility of the Guinean government. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the sponsor of the study. The Government of Guinea, Doctors without Borders / Medecins sans Frontières (MSF), Epicentre, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and WHO are coordinating its implementation. The trial is funded by MSF; the Research Council of Norway through the Norwegian Institute of Public Health; the Canadian government through the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, International Development Research Centre and Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; and WHO, with support from the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom.

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For more information, please contact:

Pr Jean-Marie DANGOU, WHO Representative to Guinea
Cel : + 224 623 23 55 55
E-mail: dangouj@who.int

Dr Ana Maria Henao Restrepo
E-mail : henaorestrepoa@who.int

M. Konaté Issiaga
Tel : +224 62 59 70 42
E-mail: konatei@who.int

Rodrigue Barry
E-mail : barryr@who.int
Tel : +224 624 827 240

Koné Souleymane
Email : koneso@who.int
Tel : +224 624 827 337

Mbengue Khalifa
Tel : +224 624 827 350
Email: mbenguek@who.int