European Union, CERF aid IOM operations for South Sudanese refugees

With over 1.3 million (July 2017), Uganda is now among the top three refugee-hosting countries in the world. As with other humanitarian crises, refugee emergencies come with a real risk of WASH-related diseases. To minimize this, IOM intervenes by providing safe water, supporting construction of sanitation facilities, and promoting hygiene best practices such as use of latrines, hand washing and safe handling of food to avoid WASH-related diseases. IOM selects refugees with leadership skills to carry out these sensitization activities. 
 
Our Approach
IOM Uganda’s approach involves the following:
● Construction of latrines and other facilities (e.g. placenta pits, incinerators) for schools and hospitals, where they are used by both refugees and host communities.
● For households, refugees get the tools and material to construct their own latrines, with special assistance for vulnerable refugees like single mothers and the elderly.
● Water facilities: We construct/rehabilitate boreholes, piped water systems, rainwater-harvesting systems and other mechanisms to help refugees and host communities access clean and safe water.
● IOM works closely with Government of Uganda (Central and local Government authorities), civil society and refugees and host communities. 
 
IOM Donors Show Resillience as Refugee Numbers Rise
As a home to more than 1.3 million refugees, Uganda faces a serious challenge to provide adequate social services both for the migrants and host communities in West Nile.
As of 17 August 2017, at least USD 674 million was needed for South Sudanese refugees for the year; but according to UNHCR, only 21 per cent had been received.
Over the last two years, the United Nations Central Emergency Respond Fund (CERF) and the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) have demonstrated tremendous commitment to supporting refugees in Uganda. In 2016, CERF funded IOM’s WASH response for Congolese refugees in Western Uganda. In 2017, again CERF supported IOM’s WASH operations in Moyo district.
In 2017, ECHO, the world’s largest donor for WASH services especially in emergencies, also intervened in West Nile – supporting IOM’s work in Moyo district’s Palorinya settlement and Bidibidi settlement (pictured top) in Yumbe district.

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