Reduce common preventable health and water related illnesses in Rhino Settlement in Uganda through implementation of an integrated CBHFA-PHAST program including Behavior Change Communication, Health and Hygiene Promotion. Due to its proximity to three major humanitarian emergencies in South Sudan, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), its progressive refugee hosting and settlement policies, and the ease of border crossings, Uganda has received a large number of refugees over the past 3 years. The continued arrival of refugees has placed added pressure on the limited resources. The refugees in Rhino Camp are predominantly women and children. The increased influx of refugees has also put a strain on the health system. The three most severe challenges to accessing health care that were reported by refugee households residing in the neighborhoods covered by the Uganda joint multi-sector needs assessment included “high cost of health care” (65%), “no treatment available for the medical issue at this facility” (39%), and “health facility is too far away” (33%). This project plans on targeting 20 villages – 10 villages from Zones IV and V of Rhino Camp (comprising majority of recent refugee influx) and 10 villages in KamKam (host communities).
As CBHFA approach aims at empowering the communities and their volunteers to take charge of their health, key CBHFA activities will continue to be conducted including maternal and child health with main emphasis on safe water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs), Antenatal care (ANC) ,immunization, HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria prevention and referral, acute diarrhea home management, epidemic control and surveillance with immediate referral to the health facilities.
The project is targeting a total of 3000 households with health and hygiene promotion and 1000 households with sanitation facilities.