With deep sadness, RMF’s global family mourns the loss of our valued member, Caroline Tukugize. Caroline died on Wednesday, November 29th at Paragon Private Hospital in Bugolobi, Kampala. After undergoing a successful C-section to deliver twins, Caroline had an asthma attack. The hospital did not have oxygen to treat her, and she passed away while being transferred to another hospital. Many team members who knew and loved Caroline were angered by this lack of essential treatment, which would have been available at an RMF-supported facility. Her passing is doubly sad, in that it could have been prevented. As we mourn the loss of Caroline, RMF is determined to honor her legacy by further strengthening and expanding our programs for pregnant women and mothers.
During Caroline’s three years with RMF, she managed our vocational training program, and then our larger health program in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, Uganda. We remember her hard work and dedication, which helped make these programs extremely successful. Because of Caroline’s commitment to the mothers of Kiryandongo, safe deliveries doubled from 2015 to 2016, and no mother died in childbirth. We remember her successful mission to protect other mothers, and we remember her love, which gave energy and meaning to her work. You are greatly missed, Caroline.
The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Uganda, is a UNHCR managed refugee settlement that provides shelter, land, and support for more than 100,000 people. They are comprised of refugees from Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. RMF has partnered with UNHCR in supporting Kiryandango Refugee Settlement, the surrounding community of Bweyale, and the greater Kiryandongo District (an additional 266,197 people) with health care, education, and vocational training since 2008.
- To serve as a health care implementation partner with the UNHCR and Ugandan Government
- To provide health care services to over 100,000 refugees and persons in the community via the Panyadoli Health Centres
- To provide skills training for South Sudanese refugees to enable them to become self-reliant