Status: Active

Summary

Amid violence in Burundi, thousands of people are fleeing to safety in neighboring states. According to the UNHCR, over 250,000 Burundians have left their country with more than 27,000 of them seeking shelter in Nakivale, Uganda.

In light of this emergency, RMF Uganda has undertaken a new refugee support project at the border of Tanzania in Western Uganda near Mutukula in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement.

Upon arrival, the Burundi had no shelter in which to sleep as UNHCR/OPM had not expected or prepared to receive them. The refugees were then transferred about 4-5 kilometers away from the health centers. Nakivale Refugee Settlement has two health centers of level three and two, but are far away from where Burundian refugees are gathered.

RMF will continuously monitor the gaps that UNHCR and OPM are unable to fill and provide medicine, medical supplies and other supplies at the settlement.

Action Plan

RMF Uganda provides medicines and medical supplies, as assessed and requested by health workers, to Nakivale Health Centres III and II including,

  • Anti-malarial drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, and more

These supplies work to alleviate the pressure to treat the overwhelming influx of refugees.

Challenges

Due to extreme violence in Burundi, thousands of people are seeking shelter in neighboring countries that are not equipped to take them. Thus, the refugees are without adequate food, shelter, and medical supplies.

RMF is working in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement to provide adequate medicines and medical supplies to this growing population of refugees.

Ongoing Presence

RMF will be continuously monitoring the gaps that UNHCR and OPM are unable to fill and providing medicine, medical supplies and other supplies at the settlement.



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