The population of the refugee community has increased lately due to push factors in refugees’ countries of origin, especially South Sudan. Push factors include violence, financial instability, famine, lack of reliable services, etc. According to UNHCR statistics, there have been 19,730 new South Sudanese arrivals in Kiryandongo between July 1, 2016 and September 25, 2016.
A total of 9,809 schoolchildren were supported by RMF/WCF funding in nursery, primary, and secondary schools including South Sudanese, Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan IDP, and Congolese children/students. Third term school fees were paid in all sponsored schools. The number of youths and children who used to loiter in the settlement has reduced.
We also provide other support as needed/budgeted to Kiryandongo schools and the community as a whole. This has helped to keep schools operating smoothly during the influx of refugees from South Sudan.
RMF recruited two additional medical doctors, which has helped reduce the number of referrals. A majority of medical cases are now handled at the Panyadoli Health Centre III, and only complicated cases that need surgery or specialists are referred to Kiryandongo Hospital, Gulu Hospital, or to the national referral hospital in Mulago. The bond of collaboration between RMF and Kiryandongo Hospital has been strengthened since RMF has provided a medical officer to support the hospital, especially with cases requiring surgery.
This strategy has helped RMF win the hearts of the Kiryandongo District Local Government, and has a direct bearing on promoting the peaceful coexistence of refugees and the host community.
During the reporting period, RMF/WCF provided medicine and medical supplies to the health centers in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. This was supplemented by medical supplies from Kiryandongo District’s local government and the UNHCR.
Salaries, wages, and top-up allowances for staff members delivering health services were paid in a timely manner.
Throughout this reporting period, we ensured that the health centers had sufficient medications, medical supplies, and cleaning supplies. There were no stock-outs.
The primary health problems addressed during this reporting period include:
Facilities entrusted to RMF have been protected accordingly. Throughout the reporting period, no cases of theft were reported. The health centers have maintained a high level of cleanliness. This is because we promote hygiene through employment of more compound and ward cleaners. New staff has been recruited to increase manpower in the health centers.
*In addition to the above, we strive to:
The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Uganda, is a UNHCR managed refugee settlement that provides shelter, land, and support for more than 100,000 people. They are comprised of refugees from Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. RMF has partnered with UNHCR in supporting Kiryandango Refugee Settlement, the surrounding community of Bweyale, and the greater Kiryandongo District (an additional 266,197 people) with health care, education, and vocational training since 2008.
As per records provided by the UNHCR and Office of the Prime Minister, the current core population of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement is over 70,000, with at least 55,000 South Sudanese refugees and the remainder composed of Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, and Congolese refugees, as well as Ugandan IDPs. As of March 2016, 80% were at-risk women and children.
In addition to the refugee community, services provided by RMF benefit Kiryandongo District’s host population of over 266,197, including Bweyale and surrounding areas such as Mutunda, Karuma, and Nakasongola.
We continue to provide financial support and guidance for the four departments at RMF’s Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). During this reporting period:
In this new 2016 semester, 80 new students were accepted at the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute:
Patricia is a young girl undergoing treatment at the Uganda Heart Institute. Because of her heart problem, her body failed to grow normally. At 3 years old, Patricia could not walk on her own, speak, or play as expected. Her weight and height were below average.
RMF enabled Patricia to be enrolled at the Uganda Heart Institute. She has been able to see the consultant two times, and her improvement is promising. Patricia has started speaking, walking, and playing with her peers, and her weight has increased to 9.5 kg. Patricia is booked for another appointment in January 2017. We thank RMF for this support.