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 of challenges, RMF has been able to set up a healthcare system that directly serves more than 272,206 refugees fleeing from the turmoil in South Sudan. RMF is an official UNHCR-OPM Health Implementing Partner responsible for providing primary health care to the refugees and host communities of Bidibidi and Kiryandongo refugee settlements in Uganda.

Challenges of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Appreciated by the Envoy

  • Lack of running water in health facilities
  • Shortage of ambulances
  • Temporary structures serving as health facilities
  • Lack of staff accommodation
  • Reduced food rations for refugees
  • Lack of education/vocational training facilities for refugees
  • Lack of livelihood programs

Ambassador Malac pledged to lobby the American government and the international community for support. She was accompanied by Todd F. Buchwald, Special Coordinator, Office of Global Criminal Justice; Bornwell Kantande, UNHCR Representative in Uganda; and Uganda’s Hon. Musa Ecweru, State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, among others.

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