Since the outbreak of the armed conflict, some 2.4 million South Sudanese have left their country. Almost half of them have found refuge in neighbouring Uganda. By the end of 2017, the number of refugees in Uganda had tripled to 1.4 million within two years. Johanniter provides preventive activities in the health sector.

A Comprehensive Framework defines the support for both refugees and local population. Therefore, different UN-programmes and NGO like Johanniter coordinate their work. ©Johanniter

Uganda is regarded as a model country in the implementation of a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. Refugees receive legally guaranteed protection and freedom of movement as well as the right to work and start up a business. Additionally, refugees can use the social services, and land is allocated to them. The aim of the plan is to ensure that aid measures benefit both refugees and the local population. But especially in northern Uganda, where most South Sudanese refugees arrive, the local population is often affected by malnutrition. Bad roads and poorly functioning social facilities characterize the situation. The refugees are overloading local resources and social systems. Due to this, the country is depending on external support for adequate care for the refugees and the local population in accordance with the Response Framework.

Prevention Avoids Illness and Relieves the Health Sector

Existing health centres often operate at the limit, the quality of patient care is deteriorating. For this reason, Johanniter concentrates its work in Uganda to protect people from disease. In consequence, health facilities are to be relieved. In the refugee camp Palabek, Johanniter and its local partner organisation PACHEDO are supporting mother-child groups in which mothers can exchange good eating habits for small children. In addition, they receive training to prepare and to cook food as gently as possible and to observe hygiene rules. This reduces the risk of disease transmission significantly. Infants receive special attention: They regularly are examined for malnutrition to receive medical treatment at an early stage if necessary.

Hygiene Campaigns and Health Clubs in Schools

Stay healthy by knowing about hygiene. Children organize themselves in school health clubs. ©Johanniter

Water and sanitation is inadequate, especially in the residential areas of South Sudanese refugees. In Palorinya Camp, Johanniter and its partner organisation GLOBAL AIM educate people about good hygiene practices to reduce risks of transmission of infectious diseases. Especially at schools, Johanniter trains so-called School Health Clubs. Children and young people learn there more about hygiene rules and receive suggestions on how they can improve hygiene in the school environment and at home through playful activities. Young girls are trained in the production of reusable bandages to prevent school drop-outs or exclusion. Girls often stay at home due to a lack of hygiene materials and privacy in schools.

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