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UN Agencies Get UGX 22 Billion for DRC Refugees In Uganda :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UN Agencies Get UGX 22 Billion for DRC Refugees In Uganda

The UN World Food Programme WFP will receive USD 500,000 for food and nutrition support for refugees, while the UN Population Fund UNFPA will receive USD 500,000 for the provision of life-saving sexual and reproductive health services including emergency obstetrical and newborn care and response to gender-based violence.
28 Feb 2018 14:35
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The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has contributed USD 6 million (22 billion Shillings) to the UN System in Uganda to respond to the influx of refugees fleeing from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This contribution made through UNs Rapid Response window was announced by Mark Lowcock, the United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

The CERF is the UN's global emergency fund designed to deliver funding quickly to meet immediate humanitarian needs around the world.

From January this year, more than 43,000 refugees have fled fighting between the Lendu and Hema in Ituri province in DRC and are entering Uganda, many making the dangerous journey across Lake Albert in unsafe boats and some have lost their lives in the process.

"On behalf of the United Nations System in Uganda, I want to thank OCHA for this very timely contribution that will enable us to save lives, protect the most vulnerable and sustain the asylum environment among host communities," the UN Resident Coordinator, Rosa Malango, said in a press statement dated 28th February.

She says the funds are timely as it arrives when the influx of the refugees is still happening.

Malango says, the allocation will be used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which will receive USD 3.3 million (13 billion Shillings) for critical life-saving humanitarian assistance in protection, shelter, health, water and sanitation, and the  UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which will receive USD 1 million (3.6 billion Shillings) for its multi-sector response to the escalated refugee influx.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will receive USD 500,000  (1.8 billion Shillings )for food and nutrition support for refugees, while the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will receive USD 500,000 (1.8 billion Shillings) for the provision of life-saving sexual and reproductive health services including emergency obstetrical and newborn care and response to gender-based violence.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) will receive USD 500,000 (1.8 billion Shillings) for emergency sanitation, hygiene and protection services while the World Health Organization (WHO) will receive USD 200,000 (724 million Shillings) for emergency measures for communicable disease management and control among new refugees and their host communities.

"The UN's life-saving humanitarian assistance to refugees will be delivered in partnership with local district governments and NGOs. The rapid response projects will be carried out within six months of this allocation after which a report on expenditures will be sent to the Emergency Relief Coordinator. The CERF has a robust monitoring and accountability framework that applies to all allocations, “She said in the release.

According to the Inter-agency coordination group on refugees, comprised of the Uganda Government, UN agencies and NGOs, Uganda was expected to receive about 60,000 new refugees from DRC during 2018.

However, only two months into 2018 more than 43,000 refugees have already arrived in Uganda from DRC. "The refugee response in Uganda remains critically underfunded," Malango said. For example, WFP has a shortfall of USD 28 million (101 billion Shillings) for the six months for refugee operations in Uganda from February through July 2018.

"We want to thank national and international partners for their continued support to our efforts and request for additional resources to address the needs of the refugees and the communities hosting them in Uganda. By this we will ensure that we live up to the aspirations of Agenda 2030 of leaving no one behind," Malango said.