Uganda: Healthcare Implementing Partner for UNHCR at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement

Bi-Weekly Update for South Sudanese Emergency

May 19, 2016

Operational Context

On January 10th, RMF signed a tripartite agreement with UNHCR and the Government of Uganda to implement a health program aimed at addressing two goals through the delivery of quality health care services: emergency operations, and care and maintenance of refugees and asylum seekers in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. 

How many health facilities are there? 

A total of three health facilities; Panyadoli Health Center III, Panyadoli Hills Health Center II and Reception Centre Clinic are directly being supported by UNHCR. Also, there has been significant numbers of PoC accessing services at Nyakadot Health Centre II as some of the Refugees have sought to settle at Bweyale trading centre. Nyakadot H/C is located in the host community. 

Breakdown of Medical Care

  • 2,610 consultations during the reporting period (2014 at Panyadoli H/C III,  596 at Panyandoli Hills HC II and 1006 at Nyakadot HCII).
  • 54 referrals were supported; 20 nationals and 34 refugees (33 to Kiryandongo district referral hospital, 15 to Gulu Regional hospital, 0 to Lacor, 4 to Mulago national referral hospital and 2 Butabika).

Reproductive Health

  • 735 ANC  consultations were registered during the reporting period (165 refugees and 570 nationals). This includes (Panyadoli H/C III 567, Panyadoli HCII 89 and Nyakadote HCII 79)
  • ​​220 maternity ward  admissions were registered at Maternity ward during the reporting period at Panyadoli Health center III for both ante-natal and antenatal services (69 Refugees, 151 Nationals).
  • 152  deliveries were carried out by skilled health workers at Panyadoli Health Center  III 112, Panyadoli HCII 09 and Nyakadote HCII 31 (43 Refugees, 109 Nationals).

Other notable activities?

  •  419 new arrivals were screened and registered at Reception Centre during the reporting period (235 male 235 and 184 female).
  • 220  complicated cases of admission were made in the inpatient department (180 in maternity ward, 50 in male ward and 81 in female ward).
  • Nutritional Unit; 76 with supplementary feeding and 378 in outpatient therapeutic care.
  •  8  persons were  enrolled to the ART clinic.
  • 542 children immunized with BCG, Polio, DPT and Measles vaccines (Male 308, Female 234).
  • 230 children were given vitamin A (50) and deworming (468) at PHCIII, PHCII, Reception Centre and Nyakadote.


The project has been implemented in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement as part of the emergency response to the South Sudanese refugee influx. Health services are provided through the established health centers: Panyadoli Hills Health Centre II, Panyadoli Health Centre III, Nyakadot Health Centre II, and the Reception Centre Clinic with community-based care supporting both the refugee and host community.
Funding is provided by UNHCR to aid the influx of refugees and asylum seekers into Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. The number of refugees is projected to increase. This is due to the political instability in South Sudan, as the cease-fire agreement signed in Ethiopia has not yielded peace as anticipated.
Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) has hired a manager who is responsible for the overall implementation and coordination of planned interventions, whereas OPM and UNHCR do oversight functions. Activities are planned, coordinated, and reviewed on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis through coordination meetings chaired by OPM at the settlement level.


  • Emergency operations
  • Care and maintenance of refugees and asylum seekers in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement through the delivery of quality health care services
  • Ensure optimal access to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services