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.
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.
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.
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.
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.