During this reporting period RMF:
In July 2017, health implementation for Zone 3 of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement was handed over to RMF from Medical Teams International (MTI). Thus, RMF is now proving health care in zones 1, 3 and 4 (three of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement’s five zones). Zone 3 alone has a population of more than 65,000 refugees. Zone 3 has five health facilities:
RMF’s selection from among all the health partners is evidence that our unique model for delivering health services provides outstanding care and sets us apart from other organizations.
Health facility utilization is progressing. For instance, 75,064 medical consultations were recorded in Zone 1 from October 2016 to June 2017 and 31,049 medical consultations were recorded in in Zone 4 from November 2016 to June 2017. This is an indication that RMF is creating awareness and trust of modern medicine among the people of concern.
Immunization indicators have been kept under acceptable ranges. The under-5 immunization rate is calculated at 96%. In order to sustain this, a new initiative was established under the code name MCHN (Maternal Child Health and Nutrition). This is an integrated program coordinated to promote both immunization and nutrition. The program has effectively improved the health status of children, mothers, and malnourished clients.
The ART clinic established by RMF in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement has been accredited and is growing steadily towards the required standards. Data indicate that 6,380 people were tested for HIV from December 2016 to June 2017, and more than 146 people living with HIV/AIDS were identified and started on ART between January 2017 and June 2017).
RMF’s team has been able to strengthen TB management. During the reporting period, 42 TB patients were identified and are receiving treatment at the health facilities. One of these patients has extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and has been referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for advanced management.
The project has provided employment to professionals from both the refugee and host populations. Over 400 medical and support staff members have been employed by the project, and the salaries and wages they earn have a positive multiplier effect in the community.
Since 2009, RMF has been working to help the people of South Sudan recover from decades of civil war, which destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and healthcare system. RMF initiated, co-founded, and continues to support the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, supports the Juba Teaching Hospital, and in December 2014, became the UNICEF implementing partner for malnutrition treatment and prevention in Jonglei State and the greater Pibor Administrative Area. Even after renewed fighting broke out in July 2016, RMF’s in-country teams have continued these programs. RMF has also been providing health services, school support for children, and vocational training to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda’s Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement since 2008, and was appointed UNHCR Health Implementing Partner in 2014.
To accommodate the large numbers of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda (between July 1, 2016 and September 21, 2016, there were 163,540 new arrivals), the Ugandan Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the UNHCR, in partnership with RMF and other organizations, opened the new Bidibidi Refugee Settlement on August 5, 2016. Bidibidi is located near the South Sudanese border in the Yumbe district of West Nile, Uganda, and has the capacity to support 180,000 refugees. Bidibidi is being built from the ground up, and during August 2016, 31,902 refugees were relocated to the settlement. Real Medicine Foundation is the main UNHCR Health Implementing Partner for Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, and between August 5, 2016 and August 31, 2016, 5,331 patients were treated at RMF’s health clinic.
There are 272,206 refugees and asylum seekers now living in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement.