Action African Help (AAH) Uganda provides nutrition services in four health centres for the refugees of Kyangwali settlement as well as the local community. Community outreach activities are carried out by a professional nutritionist with the support of two nutrition assistants, community health workers and mother groups. Services include nutritional education, supplementary and therapeutic feeding programs, home visiting, promotion of child feeding practices, food preparation demonstrations and growth monitoring.
Healthy children; happy mothers
“My name is Nyiramahoro Janine. I’m a mother of three; two daughters and a son. I gave birth to my last daughter in June 2012. My children's health has improved greatly thanks to health care services provided by AAH Uganda here in Kyangwali.
“I didn’t know about the importance of immunisation so my first two children did not get their vaccinations on time. Luckily, they remained healthy, although other children in the village got sick with measles.
“It was like a dream,” Juliet Nyangoma said describing the increased yield she recieved from using improved seed and applying best agricultural practices.
Juliet is a bean farmer and member of God’s Grace Farmers Group from Katikara village, Hoima District. The group meets regularly at the local demonstration garden where best practices and new technologies are shared under the guidance of an AAH-trained agricultural extension worker.
“When we first arrived we were constantly beaten by rain. It was too cold at night and too hot on sunny days in our tarpaulin houses. We didn’t have a kitchen so we had to cook our food in the open where the sun and the rain used to punish us.”
In August 2013, Mbanani Saulo (34), his wife and children arrived in Kyangwali refugee settlement after fleeing violence between the government and M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another 12,400 Congolese refugees would join them before the end of the year.
“This borehole is part of our everyday life. Without it I think we would have died of diseases from dirty water.”
Jonas Bhalikigamba is a 30 year old Congolese national living in Kentomi village, Kyangwali refugee settlement, Western Uganda. He and his family came to Kyangwali on 16 August 2013 from Bubukwanga transit camp with other Congolese nationals following the outbreak of war in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)