• 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).
  • European Union and IOM Uganda support small businesses in city slums

    The European Union-funded SSCoS project, implemented by IOM Uganda, today handed over an assortment of goods and equipment to 41 beneficiaries to start or boost their business in four slums in Kampala. The colourful handover ceremony was held in Bwaise, at the premises of the Action for Fundamental Change (AFFCAD). The project, Strengthening Social Cohesion and Stability in Slum Populations, also works in Kisenyi, Katwe and Kabalagala slums, with partners ACTogether, YARID and Xavier Project.
  • EU, CERF and IOM Step Up Life-saving Support South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda Hit 1 Million

    Kampala – The number of South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda has surpassed 1 million. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has intensified its efforts to help refugees and the communities hosting them in coordination with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Since the crisis erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, nearly 4 million people have been displaced from their homes due to insecurity and rising humanitarian needs.
  • IOM Uganda hosts health assessment global data experts' meeting

    At least 40 migration health experts from IOM offices around the world are meeting at Kabira Country Club in Kampala, to share ideas and best practices on data validation and statistical reporting.
    Migration and health are intricately linked, and IOM’s Migration Health Divisions are some of the organization’s most reputable arms anywhere in the world. But in order to remain on top of their game, IOM’s health experts must constantly review and renew their skills and challenge their knowledge through interaction with peers.
  • UNAIDS country boss visits IOM Uganda

    The new UNAIDS Country Director, Dr Karusa Kiragu-Gikonyo, recently visited IOM Uganda, where she hailed the continued cooperation between the two organizations, and called for more of the same.
  • Mulumba and her family head to USA with renewed hope, big dreams

    The family of Mr Mbaha Munganga and his wife Benwamanzi Mulumba have endured a roller-coaster three years.

    Three years in which Mr Munganga has risen from a little-known Congolese barber to an album-recording musician.

    Three years in which the Mungangas have gone from being mere statistics emblematic of Uganda’s generous refugee policy, to having a father who extends charity to Mulago hospital.

    Three years in which Mrs Munganga has gone from being a supportive spouse to a patient on her likely deathbed, dependent on the help of doctors in Mulago hospital.

  • Secretary General Guterres: supporting Uganda on refugees is not generosity, it’s a matter of Justice

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged the international Community to open their treasuries and support Uganda, a country that has demonstrated praise-winning generosity in hosting the world’s third-largest refugee population. Seated beside his co-host, President Yoweri Museveni, at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Mr Guterres spoke at the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees on 23 June.

  • IOM supports safe water, sanitation and hygiene for South Sudanese refugees

    When I ask Jackson Yakani where he comes from, his answer surprises me.
    “I am also a refugee!” he declares, sounding like he, too, is surprised by his situation. “I am also from South Sudan”
    Yakani, 32, is the assistant in-charge at Luru health centre III in Moyo district’s Palorinya settlement for South Sudanese refugees. He has been expectantly guiding his “visitors” around the health centre, explaining the many challenges health workers faces catering for up to 200 outpatients a day.