Health Assistance and International Protection for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Northern Uganda
UNHCR's overarching objectives in Uganda are to ensure the delivery of protection for all refugees and attempt to attain and/or maintain minimum standards of humanitarian assistance in the sectors of nutrition, shelter, health care, water, sanitation, and community services, as well as to provide support to the refugee hosting communities and to IDP communities as and when required.
The needs of Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda are particularly strong in the areas of health assistance and international protection. In response to these needs, the proposed project focuses on the delivery of health care and international protection for the refugee and IDP population living in settlements in the Moyo, Adjumani, Arua and Yumbe districts, as well as the nationals who live alongside the refugees.
Specific health care - related project activities include:
a) Conduction of nutritional surveys and food basket monitoring;
b) Implementation of outreach campaigns to families with malnourished children, including therapeutic feeding programmes;
c) Provision of supplies to health centres (medicines, cold chain and laboratory products, protective clothes and other medical consumables);
d) Operation of 27 primary health centres in refugee settlements in Arua, Yumbe, Adjumani and Moyo;
e) Maintenance and repair of health centres;
f) Training of medical staff and of community health workers;
g) Referral of complex medical cases to district facilities;
h) Conduction of HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and of HIV testing and counselling, particularly for refugee women;
i) Provision of reproductive health services.
Specific project activities on the Protection-/Monitoring side include:
1) Conduction of capacity building activities for government officials;
2) Organisation and support of community meetings to ensure the continued harmonious co-existence of refugees and nationals (including IDP's) in the settlements.