This quarter, 101 pregnant women (10 nationals and 91 refugees) were mapped in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. Village Health Teams (VHTs) continued to support them in accessing maternal health services by referring them to health facilities and conducting follow-ups.
Previously, expectant mothers were reluctant to give birth at a health facility. With the availability of skilled midwives and ANC services, however, women are increasingly choosing to deliver at the health centers, which has added greatly to safe motherhood in the community.
RMF delivered our monthly consignments of essential medicines and other supplies to supplement those provided by the UNHCR and Kiryandongo District’s local government. RMF also provided 2 nebulizer machines.
25 handwashing facilities, 30 waste bins, and 10 sterilizers were procured with Ebola prevention funds. Panyadoli Health Centre III received 2 pharmaceutical refrigerators, which will enhance storage of vaccines and other cold chain medicines.
We carried out General Food Distribution sensitization, which reached 1,200 individuals. As over 66% of beneficiaries are buying their own food, there is a budding need to disseminate knowledge on wise food choices.
We have also been able to empower the people to engage in agriculture through the use of the demonstration gardens. As a result, a number of families are producing food and vegetables to supplement the food rations provided by WFP, while others are starting small businesses.
94 patients affected by war violence were transported for medical rehabilitation. 25 were male, 67 were female, and 2 were gender nonconforming. These clients have shown improved psychological wellbeing and self-confidence, as well as gaining confidence in support services, building resilience, and gaining hope for a better life. 75% of clients who accessed these medical services have improved their health status and are able to function in their daily lives.
The Multi-Antigen Campaign was conducted, the first of its kind, focusing mainly on polio (bOPV) and measles vaccines, but also covering other immunizations, such as pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). The campaign was successfully carried out in multiple phases, and the second phase was completed February 22–25, 2019.
Immunization coverage was maintained at a high rate. Overall, immunization coverage stands at 132.1%, which is well above the acceptable standards.
A total of 25 health professionals were trained on maternal and child health and nutrition (MCHN). Two trainings were conducted: one on nutrition in emergencies and one on infant and young child feeding (IYCF). The aim was to enrich health workers’ knowledge on the management of malnutrition.
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.
Par Nyariak is a 5-year-old South Sudanese girl who sustained a head injury when she was hit by motorcycle while playing beside the road. She was brought to Panyadoli Health Centre III semi-conscious and with multiple cut wounds on her body. She was treated and monitored in the Inpatient department for 5 days. During a follow-up after one month, Par was stable and of sound mind. This is was all thanks to the RMF team that was available to attend to her immediately and prevent further damage after her injury.
Sharon, a 24-year-old woman, was at 35 weeks of her first pregnancy when she arrived at the health center with signs of malaria. She was tested, and on the third day of her treatment for severe malaria, she developed labor pains. Sharon was monitored for 8 hours at Panyadoli Health Centre III but later referred to Kiryandongo Hospital because she had developed signs of obstructed labor. In Kiryandongo Hospital, she underwent an emergency cesarean section, and both mother and child were saved. Sharon is now bringing the baby for immunization at Panyadoli Health Centre III.
Sunday Muguriek is a 43-year-old Ugandan woman who was admitted in a coma, with diabetic ketoacidosis. She was treated with insulin and IV fluids and responded within 12 hours. Sunday was discharged after three days and started on oral hypoglycemics, and she is now stable with well-controlled blood sugar levels. She regularly comes in for check-ups and refills of her medication at Panyadoli Health Centre III.