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Uganda CO South Sudanese, Burundi and DRC Refugees, Internal Displacement and Disease Outbreaks Situation Report, 15 April 2016

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  • 22,376 refugee children in Nakivale and Oruchinga settlements were reached through the UNICEF, District Local Government and Ministry of Health supported vaccination campaigns.

  • 1,645 ECD going children have benefited from the construction of 12 ECD classroom blocks, with support from UNICEF in Nakivale, the Burundi hosting refugee settlement.

  • Children and women in cholera affected districts benefited from UNICEF and Ministry of Health supported hygiene social mobilization interventions which were conducted through community sensitization meetings and home visits.

  • Over 337 South Sudanese separated children were registered between 23 Jan and 23 Feb, with one child reunited with the family.

  • To improve capacity in the treatment and care of malnourished refugee children, 45 Arua Regional Referral Hospital staff were trained on the revised Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) guidelines and tools.

Refugee children from South Sudan
Refugee children from DRC
Refugee children from Burundi
Ugandan Children displaced by conflict in Bundibugyo District
Cholera cases reported Jan-March, 2016
Primary School pupils in Kasese District affected by Storm
UNICEF Appeal 2016
US$ 14.4 million
Funding Gap 64%

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Refugees: Refugees Uganda have arrived mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. As of 1 April 2016, the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda was 525,968.

As of 29 March 2016, Uganda has assisted an estimated 200,786 South Sudanese refugees (64 per cent children, 86 percent women and children) since the influx began late in December 2013. The number of South Sudanese refugee arrivals has recently sharply increased with an average daily arrival of 326 people since the start of April, with a total of 2,284 entering through Elegu border in the month of April only. Maaji 3, a new settlement, was opened in February to cater for the new influx of refugees. This settlement has very limited basic services across all sectors, as existing services have been stretched beyond capacity. In 2015, UNHCR and Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) carried out a refugee verification exercise, which ended early this year.

Since November 2014, a total of 33,810 Burundian refugees (46 per cent children and 69 per cent women and children) have entered Uganda, citing fear of violence as the main reason for leaving their Country.

OPM and UNHCR reports show some 191,848 (58 per cent children and 78 per cent women and children) refugees from DRC are currently in Uganda.