RMF boosted child and teenage health in both schools and communities by conducting Child Days Plus campaigns for the mass vaccination of children and young adults.
Continuous immunization of all under-5 children living in and around the settlement was implemented through the health facilities and outreach activities.
Lifesaving medical treatment and preventive health services were continuously provided to the refugee and host communities through outpatient, inpatient, maternity, nutrition, ART, and outreach services. Thanks to this comprehensive health coverage, very few lives were lost.
Medical screening of new refugees at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement was effectively performed.
184 people (27 pregnant and 113 lactating women, 25 girls, and 19 boys) were assessed for malnutrition using mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). 5 were found to be malnourished and referred to ACF.
130 follow-ups were conducted, reaching 38 lactating and 24 pregnant women, 7 boys and 4 girls age 0–6 months, and 26 boys and 31 girls age 6–24 months. Mothers and children identified as having health and nutrition issues were referred for further medical attention.
2 sensitization meetings were held on HIV/AIDS awareness, early and forced marriage, and GBV causes, prevention, mitigation, and management. A total of 287 people attended (88 men and 199 women).
A 4-day workshop on the new HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines was conducted at Panyadoli Health Centre III from Tuesday, November 21, 2018 to Friday, November 30, 2018. 48 staff members benefited from the training, which is expected to promote improved treatment of HIV/AIDS clients.
Panyadoli Health Centre boosted the stock of medicines with a consignment of assorted drugs received from Direct Relief International.
During the reporting period, we also received the long-awaited consignments of medicines from UNHCR through AIRD.
IPD status was improved with a donation of 100 adult mattresses received from African Integrated Churches and 4 delivery beds from UNFPA through ACORD.
Through RMF/WCF’s support, Panyadoli Health Centre III has become a reliable source of healthcare services to the community. Panyadoli Health Centre III has also become a source of knowledge. Since RMF has brought in a professional and experienced workforce, medical and social institutions are now sending students to complete their internships here, and our team is doing tremendous work in guiding them. Thus, the project is promoting learning and sharing of knowledge and skills within Uganda.
The Panyadoli Health Centres, located in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement near Bweyale, Uganda, provide healthcare services to over 100,000 refugees from Kenya, South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, as well as members of the host community.
Moses Byaruhanga, a 6-year-old boy, was admitted with a high-grade fever, vomiting, generalized miliary tuberculosis, pus discharge from both eyes, and failure to eat for two days. Moses was screened for malaria and tested negative. He was diagnosed with suspected complicated measles, admitted to the Pediatric ward, and initiated on intravenous antibiotics, antipyretics, vitamin A, and hydration fluids. He was discharged in good health following a five-day course of oral antibiotics. He will receive continued vitamin A supplementation and antibiotics.
Rose Achan, a 28-year-old woman from South Sudan living in Cluster K, was brought to the health center with acute vomiting for two days and fresh blood in her vomitus for one day, in conjunction with severe abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with acute peptic ulcer disease, admitted to the Female ward, and initiated on IV ranitidine with intravenous hydration therapy and paracetamol. She was discharged after two days in a fair general condition. She was given omeprazole and paracetamol and scheduled for a two-week review.
Ajak Deng is a 24-year-old woman from South Sudan staying in Cluster MR. She was admitted with a history of labor-like pains for about 4 hours at home. On examination by the attending midwife, the onset of labor was confirmed. But progress as revealed by the partograph indicated suspected obstructed labor that was later confirmed by the medical officer. Ajak was transferred to Kiryandongo Hospital for subsequent management. She later returned to Panyadoli Health Centre III for review and immunization of her baby following a caesarian section at the hospital.
During this event, all staff serving in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement under the RMF umbrella meet together and celebrate the year’s successes.
RMF staff members lined up to enjoy a celebratory meal at the end-of-year party. A variety of dishes were served in honor of the team’s progress throughout the year.