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IOM Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa - March 2018 Bulletin

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In this issue of the UN Migration Agency Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa bulletin, we reflect on our water and sanitation work in the region.

IOM, with support of its partner, has been providing life-saving water and sanitation services to displaced persons, refugees and host communities in the region.

In Uganda, we are ramping up the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services to refugees and host communities. In response to the estimated 46,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, IOM is scaling up its humanitarian response, including provision of sanitation and hygiene services.

Thousands of refugees continue to pour into Uganda from the DR Congo’s Ituri Province where ethnic fighting has led to a wave of displacement. Their journey to safety is often perilous. There are reports of at least four refugees drowning after their boat capsized in Lake Albert. This number is a substantial increase compared to the 43,000 who crossed in to Uganda during 2017.

Whilst in Somalia, IOM is providing integrated lifesaving health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) services for vulnerable, drought, displaced populations.

Finally, in South Sudan, recognizing the risks women face having to travel long distance to collect water, IOM is working with local communities repairing boreholes and conducting community-driven hygiene and sanitation promotion.

Moving forward, IOM with the support of its partners will continue to scale up its humanitarian response as well as development initiatives in the East and Horn of Africa.