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Voice of America interviewed Dr. Martina Fuchs about Real Medicine Foundation’s role in Uganda. Here is a small excerpt…

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Dr. Martina Fuchs is the CEO and founder of Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), the humanitarian aid and development organization tasked with providing much of the health care in Uganda’s Bidibidi, now the largest refugee settlement in Africa. The settlement hosts more than 272,000 South Sudanese refugees.

“The largest disease burden is malaria, a very large percentage, especially in children and then also pregnant women with malaria,” said Fuchs. “So malaria is the highest. And then, gastrointestinal tract infections —...

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Bidibidi: The Largest Refugee Settlement in the World

The Guardian on Bidibidi

In an article on the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda, Uganda at breaking point as Bidi Bidi becomes world’s largest refugee camp, The Guardian notes,

“The stream of arrivals, who averaged 2,800 each day in March, has begun to take a toll on the country’s southern neighbour Uganda, host to roughly half of the 1.6 million people forced to flee their homes.

Uganda is feeling the neglect. The country has one of the world’s most compassionate refugee policies, which grants migrants land to...

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Arrival Numbers Continue to Increase

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.


Bidibidi Health update:

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Ambassador’s Onsite Visit to Refugee Settlement

Understanding and Compassion for Daily Challenges of Bidibidi

US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac, has applauded RMF for our health care program in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda. The ambassador, who visited the settlement on January 6th, 2017, had the desire to extend the compassion of the American people to refugees living in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement and to personally experience and appreciate the challenges faced by refugees on a daily basis.

Ambassador Malac visited some of the health facilities operated by RMF in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement and appreciated the fact that amidst a mountain...


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646,115
South Sudan refugees and asylum-seekers in country

407,343
South Sudan new arrivals since July 2016

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Uganda: South Sudan Refugee Situation Infographic

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The number of Burundian refugees, many of whom are women and children, “fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution” has now surpassed 300,000. This press briefing from UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler further explains that resources for refugees are already overstretched in surrounding host countries, and additional support is urgently needed for the steady (and in some cases, increasing) number of new arrivals. Currently, Burundian refugees are seeking asylum in the following countries:

  • Tanzania: 163,084 Burundian refugees (78% of new arrivals are women and children.)
  • Rwanda: more than 81,000 Burundian refugees
  • Uganda : more than 41,938 Burundian refugees
  • Democratic...
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In its latest emergency update, the UNHCR reports that the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda has significantly increased in the past 7 days: “24,814 people arrived in the last week, compared to 18,703 and 17,133 in the previous two weeks.” The report further explains:

  • 15,562 South Sudanese have fled to Uganda from September 9, 2016 to September 13, 2016.
  • Due to the threat of armed groups, more South Sudanese refugees have been entering Uganda at informal border crossings.
  • 72,000 refugees have now been transferred to Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. (Bidibidi was opened in early August 2016.)
  • “262 (5.6%)...
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The number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda rose even higher over the past 2 days, September 5, 2016 and September 6, 2016. News from the latest UNHCR emergency report includes:

  • 8,825 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Uganda during September 5, 2016 and September 6, 2016.
  • 18,703 refugees arrived in Uganda during the past 7 days, compared to 12,400 during the previous 7-day period.
  • 119,636 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since July 1, 2016, according to field reports.
  • New arrivals reported fleeing from intimidation, looting, torture, killing, and youth being recruited by armed groups.
  • 4,380 refugees...
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In the course of 2 days, September 1, 2016 and September 2, 2016, the UNHCR’s emergency update reports that 3,838 new South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda. The update explains further:

  • 13,878 refugees arrived in Uganda during the past 7 days, compared to 7,174 during the previous 7-day period.
  • 104,771 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since July 1, 2016, according to field reports.
  • New arrivals in Adjumani described looting, kidnapping, sexual assaults, and general violence in Eastern Equatoria.
  • The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement is now completely full, and refugees arriving there will be transferred to the new Bidibidi Refugee...
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