In its latest update, the UNHCR reports that 12,889 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda in just one week: January 18, 2017 to January 24, 2017. The report explains, “The arrival rate has continued to increase, with a daily average of 1,841 new arrivals, compared to 1,689 in the previous week.” New arrivals are being sent to Palorinya Settlement in Moyo district, which has received 56,947 refugees since December 9, 2016. Continued progress is reported in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement (where RMF is UNHCR/OPM Health Implementing Partner) and other locations.
In Bidibidi, 10,621 outpatient consultations were conducted, among which 14% were members of the host population. The leading causes of illness were malaria (31%), Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (25%) and Acute Watery Diarrhea (10%). As in the previous week, eight cases of dysentery were reported. 160 mental health cases were registered in the settlement and are being followed up. On 20 January, a meningitis vaccination campaign commenced in Bidibidi with the aim of vaccinating the refugee population between 6 and 29 years of age.