WHO, UNHCR launch aid program for displaced families in Tombura

WHO, UNHCR launch aid program for displaced families in Tombura

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have initiated a measles vaccination campaign targeting children across five camps in Tombura Centre.  

Concurrently, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and partner organisations have also distributed essential non-food items and dignity kits to the most vulnerable individuals within these camps.

The joint humanitarian mission addresses the pressing needs of over 20,000 households displaced by renewed conflict in the region earlier last month.

Some affected citizens included women, children and elderly people seeking refuge at the UNMISS temporary base in Tombura Complex at St. Mary Catholic Church, army barracks and the former Sherika Hayat Construction Company in the county. These families have endured severe hardships, including a lack of shelter, food, medicine, and sanitation.

Samuel Francis, the team leader for the joint humanitarian mission, emphasised the scope and significance of the aid effort.

“We are distributing non-food items, targeting the most vulnerable people. We have plastic sheets, blankets, sleeping mats, water containers, and buckets. Additionally, we are providing sanitary materials to girls of reproductive age, and responding to the outbreak of measles,” Francis stated.

WHO and the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) are at the forefront of the vaccination campaign.

 “Out of these 21,000 households, we are only able to assist the most vulnerable, reaching 1,000 households. The needs remain significant,” Francis added.

The government has highlighted the urgent need for sustained support to improve living conditions and prevent further health crises in the camps, and the combined efforts of WHO, UNHCR, and other partners mark a crucial step towards alleviating the suffering of displaced families in Tombura County but underline the ongoing need for international aid and support.