Government of Uganda in collaboration with World Food Program has begun the training of over 1,000 disaster management officers in the country to mitigate the effects of disasters.
Government of Uganda in collaboration with World Food Program has begun the training of over 1,000 disaster management officers in the country.
Solomon Elungat, the Senior Disaster Preparedness Officer at the Prime Minister's office told Uganda Radio Network that the capacity building training workshops will have at least 10 technical officers from each district.
He added that some of the 10 district technical officers include: the Chief Administrative Officers, Environment, Education, Agricultural and Sub County chiefs.
Elungat was speaking today at the closure of a one week capacity building training workshop at Land Mark hotel in Soroti Municipality.
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The first phase of the workshop drew district technical staff from Bududa from Elgon region, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto and Nakapiripirit in Karamoja region.
The training also included the officials from Katakwi and Serere districts in Teso Sub region.
The capacity building workshop which will see 1,110 trained in the whole country is meant to equip the participants with skills on how to detect, manage and report disaster issues from their localities.
Elungat added that they expect to cover the whole country with time before the end of the year.
He pointed out that beginning this November the districts will be equipped with a smartphones and a computer for data collection and for effective reporting to the head office.
Jaakko Valli World Food Program Representative told Uganda Radio Network that a total of 70 million dollars has been budgeted for the training exercise.
Valli said that the disaster global issues which affect food security and is the reason why the World Food Program in collaborating with the government of Uganda to mitigate the problem.