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  • IOM Uganda pilots enhanced screening for mental health

    IOM Uganda’s Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) is piloting a scheme for enhanced screening for mental health of refugees in the country.
     
    The initiative started with training workshops in Kampala and Hoima, the result of a collaboration between IOM, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the War Survivors Institute (WSI). 
     

  • EU/IOM project builds more Sanitation facilities in West Nile

     

    Funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid, IOM has launched a fresh round of construction of Sanitation facilities for refugees and host communities in Moyo and Yumbe districts.

  • Refugee Stella: Now I have got the knowledge, skills

    By Richard M Kavuma

    When I first come across Stella Kiden Amosa at the end of November 2017, she is explaining to visitors how her group makes briquettes using local materials.

    “We get waste materials such as maize cob, sawdust, groundnut husks or simsim husks, and we carbonize them,” says Stella, one of 20 women in the Fanya Kazi Group in Zone 3 of Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo district of northwestern Uganda. “We then crush them and add other things like clay soil, molasses and we put in that machine called 12-piston, which produces the briquettes.”

  • Partners impressed by progress on EU-funded water systems in West Nile

     

    IOM Uganda last week hosted partners from the ministry of Water and Environment, Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR, District Local Governments and agencies to present its designs for upcoming piped water system in Palorinya settlement in Moyo district. The stakeholders also inspected ongoing works for a water system for Zone 4 of Bidibidi settlement in Yumbe district.

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  • International Migrants Day: Stakeholders Call for Safe Migration

    IOM Uganda on Monday hosted the commemoration of International Migrants Day, with ceremonies in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

    Different speakers noted that migration is reality that cannot and should not be fought; rather, what needs to be done is for the government and its partners to strive to make migration safe.
    The Migrants Day theme in Uganda was “The Challenges and Promises of Migration”, mirroring the global theme of “Safe Migration in a World on the Move”.

  • From Congo to Uganda to America: Mulumba’s family begins a new life

     
     
    For a group of Congolese about to fly out of Uganda’s Entebbe airport to settle in America, the mood around Benwamanzi Mulumba’s family is markedly dull.
    From three-year-old Kevin to 46-year-old Jeremiah Mbaha Munganga, nothing gives away any sort of excitement as the refugees are briefed by officers from IOM, the United Nations Migrations Agency.
  • Dinah: We want to make soap easily available to refugees 

     

    As Singajo Dinah Scopas explains the process of making soap under a tree in Palorinya settlement, Moyo district, she has the full of attention of IOM Uganda chief of Mission Ali Abdi. Her large frame, authoritative tone and unhurried confidence give her the aura of a passionate school teacher.

    “First, in bucket A we mix about 400 grams of caustic soda with about a quarter a litre of water and stir a little and then we keep that bucket away because it gets so hot,” says Dinah, the chairperson of Hope Women’s Group in Morobi, Palorinya.

  • IOM Uganda hosts experts to discuss Global Compact on Migration

     
    On 17-18 October 2017, IOM Uganda hosted experts from various sectors for a consultation on what Uganda would like to see included in the Global Compact on Migration (GCM).