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Sweden Increases Funding Towards Refugee Support

The funds will be spent through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees UNHCR to provide protection activities, provisional shelter, water, sanitation, health services, treatment of malnourished children and food aid as well as creating livelihoods opportunities for refugees.
The Swedish government has allocated USD 4.3 million (15 billion Shillings) for support towards South Sudan refugees living in Uganda.

The funds will be spent through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide protection activities, provisional shelter, water, sanitation, health services, treatment of malnourished children and food aid as well as creating livelihoods opportunities for refugees. 

The money is an addition to USD 3.8 million (13 billion Shillings) agreement signed between the Swedish Embassy in Uganda and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) last week.

The funds will be used to support UNICEF in reducing maternal, new-born, and child morbidity and mortality, and to improve child growth and development through strengthening the health sector in West Nile, where the large influx of refugees has put a high pressure on health services and entire communities.

Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, Per Lindgärde says the funds will be used to meet the needs of over 500,000 people who have fled from South Sudan to Uganda over the last three years.

“The humanitarian response is today severely underfunded and the Swedish contribution will ensure that more people receive life-saving support while also aiming at finding more durable solutions. Uganda has one of the most open and welcoming refugee policies in the world, and it is important that we as donors support and align with it“, says Per Lindgärde.

Over 1 million refugees from South Sudan have fled to neighboring countries due to internal strife, with the number expected to grow. At least 500,000 of these have entered Uganda after the outbreak of violence in July. The massive flow of refugees to Uganda is triggered by the new dynamics of the conflict, which has spread to areas close to Uganda. 

Uganda now hosts nearly 800 000 refugees. This makes it one of the largest refugee and asylum-seekers hosting country in the world. Other refugees in Uganda are mainly from Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

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