Kasese landslide victims decry the poor health and sanitation in IDP camps


Mothers staying in some temporarily established camps in Kasese district have decried the poor health and sanitation in their respective places of refuge, arguing that they are likely to be hit by diseases.

According to them, getting access to clean water and sanitation facilities among others is still a big challenge to them.

Since April this year, Kasese district has been battling with the aftermath of floods and mudslides which did not only destroy people’s property but also claimed the lives of 18 people.

Yeresi Kyakimwa Kakuha, a resident of Bwitho village in Kyarumba Town Council says a bigger number of women and adolescents have no access to sanitary facilities and washrooms at their camp.

Kakuha made the revelation yesterday while talking to officials from Foundation for Urban and Rural Advancement (FURA) who had visited Bwitho Internally Displaced Camp to deliver a consignment of relief items.

Catherine Nakasinde, the Advocacy and Influencing Officer from Youth with African Woman Action for Development sympathized with the affected people. Nakasinde firmly advised the parents to monitor the movements of their young girls. 

Mr. Ivan Bwambale Bibuwa, the Kyarumba Town Council Chairperson, told the visiting team that the situation at was shocking.

The Deputy Executive Officer at FURA, Mr. Charles Mwesige explained that the organization managed to contact its development partners including Western Uganda Humanitarian Platform with support from Oxfam to help them reach out to those who were affected by landslides.

Mwesige said that they managed to donate some jerrycans, saucepans, basins, water treatment tablets, sanitary pads, mats, bed sheets, beans and maize flour. ENDS

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