Uganda: Healthcare Implementing Partner for UNHCR at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement

Partner’s Mapping and Achievement Updates: Jan-Sept 2016

September 30, 2016

Caroline Tukugize

Summary of Activities

As UNHCR’s Health Implementing Partner in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, RMF continues to implement comprehensive health programs through the established health centers, namely:

  • Panyadoli Health Centre III
  • Panyadoli Hills Health Centre II
  • the Reception Centre Clinic
  • Nyakadot Health Centre II.

These are enhanced by outreach programs for communities with limited access to the existing health units or located over 5 km from the health facility as per the Ministry of Health access standard.

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Results &



Community Health

Delivering Quality Service


  • 63 contracted staff form our dedicated implementation team
  • 54 integrated outreaches held
  • 44 VHTs supported
  • 100% VHTs trained on cholera activity facilitated by UNHCR
  • 19,834 children have accessed health services at both outreach posts and facilities
  • 403 patients/caretakers supported by referral mechanisms
  • 2 focal nurses paid top-up allowance
  • 194 patients supported with x-ray services
  • 104 patients supported with supplementary medicines
  • 90% of required supplies procured
  • 2 gas cylinders procured in the previous quarter and refilled

Comprehensive Services

Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS


  • 10,446 women of child bearing age accessed reproductive services in the reporting period
  • 50,458 community members will be reached with HIV/AIDS messages
  • 21 babies followed up and accorded appropriate support
  • 1 post-test club supported with uniforms
  • 122 clients traced through telephone calls and home visits
  • 2,546 clients enrolled in ART since the program began
  • 234 persons of concern receiving HIV care
  • 81 outreaches held

Assessing Needs

Challenges Addressed

Highlighted Gaps:

  • inadequate staffing
  • shortage of drugs
  • poor referral system characterized by both lack of an ambulance and community structures
  • poor infrastructure
  • low demand for health services by the population
  • absence of a coherent disease surveillance strategy.

All of the indicators have either been improved or maintained. However, with the ever-increasing population, it is evident that pressure is being exerted on existing health services. RMF continues to conduct needs assessments to ascertain the arising needs in order to inform its planning and continue effective improvement of health service delivery.

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& Objectives


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
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Settlement Population

Refugees: 67,245
Host Community: 20,173