At least 500 mothers, children and other vulnerable persons living in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement are set to benefit from sanitation and nutritional items donated to Panyadoli Health Centre III, Panyadoli Hill Health Centre II and Nyakadot Health Centre II.
The items which include; 500 Mama kits, Sanitary pads, milk tins, Soya and Millet porridges were donated by ActionAid Uganda as part of COVID-19 response program.
The team from Action Aid including; Ivan Mpagi a People for Change Officer, Christine Adokorach, a Social movement Inspirator and Byaruhanga Frank, a Digital Learning Inspirator was at Panyadoli Health Centre III on Wednesday to facilitate a training of Health workers and VHTs in preparation and use of the items
Mpagi told participants that the items were bought using a grant from Denmark.
“These items were meant to be delivered during lockdown when we received a grant from Denmark. However, the procurement process took a little longer than expected. We have distributed to Imvepi and Kiryandongo Refugee Settlements” Mpagi said.
According to Mr. Mpagi, the items are meant to benefit refugee mothers and children who are most vulnerable especially those persons who are malnourished. He however noted that if a Ugandan showed up in a worrying state, they too should be considered.
David Namisi a Nutritionist working with International Rescue Committee Uganda (IRC), also supervisor of nutritionists at the three health centres noted that at least 150 mothers give birth at the facilities every month.
“We have on average, 150 mothers giving birth at the three facilities every month. So, these items (mama kits) will benefit mothers in the maternity wards, Sanitary pads will benefit the postnatal mothers while milk and porridges are for clients on nutrition programs” Namisi said.
Joseph Baguma the IRC Health Manager welcomed the donations and applauded ActionAid for helping those who are vulnerable, promising to account for all items to the beneficiaries and donors.
He also noted that the issue of nutrition is still challenging to the settlement, adding that most mothers are also disturbed by malaria.
“Most women of reproduction age here are disturbed by Malaria infections. Last year we distributed 30,000 mosquito nets to 62% of the households. Also, Food Security and Nutritional Assessment Research carried out three years ago showed that over 30% of the mothers here are anemic. This is caused by Nutritional Deficiency and Infections like Malaria” Mr Baguma explained.
Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Kiryandongo district, is home to over 60,0000 refugees from Kenya, South Sudan and DRC.