South Sudan Refugee Camps in Uganda Receive Sanitation Facilities

To reduce water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases among South Sudan refugees in Adjumani district, Amref Health Africa in Uganda has constructed 11 latrines, 10 communal bath shelters, drilled 11 boreholes, provided 50 sets of sanitation kits including latrine digging tools to empower refugees build more sanitation facilities on their own and provided 16 hand-washing facilities near latrines to promote hand washing

The facilities were officially handed over to the beneficiaries on June 19,2015 at Bira Health Centre III in Adjumani district by the District resident Commission, Mrs. Agnes Akelo who represented Hon.Eng, Hillary Onek, Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees. In her closing remarks, she lauded Amref Health Africa for this support.

Agnes Akello the resident district commissioner, laying a brick to start the construction of the laboratory at Biira Health Centre in Adjumani district

During the event, construction of a clinical laboratory at Bira Health center III in Pekele Sub County was also commissioned by Mrs. Agnes Akelo. The laboratory whose construction is set at Ugsh 100 Million (USD $ 32,000) will include a blood bank unit, counseling room, waiting room and the main laboratory and when completed will serve over 12,956 people (host community 6,956 and Refugees 6,000).

With funding from German Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation and Development (BMZ)/Government of German, Amref Health Africa in Uganda has implemented an 8 month project (August 2014-April 2015), South Sudan Refugees Emergency Project (SSERP) in Adjumani district.

In this project, Amref Health Africa in Uganda has performed over 3,030 specialist medical consultations and offered treatment to patients from both the refugees and host communities. Women 1,162; Men 443 and Children 1,425 benefited from Plastic-surgery, General-surgery, Fistula repairs, Ophthalmology, Dental, Paediatrics, Physician, Orthopaedics and Gynaecology

Fighting in South Sudan has gradually continued to increase the number of refugees fleeing to Uganda. Today Adjumani district is host to a total of 92, 433 (49,795 female; 42,638 male) refugees in 13 settlements (OPM September 2014). Of these 92,433 refugees, about 80,433 refugees are from South Sudan fleeing violence. Currently on a daily basis Adjumani district continues to receive between 40 to 50 individual refugees, and the influx are mostly from Eastern and central equatorial, Juba and Jonglei State in South Sudan