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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Age and migration» in Uganda

There are currently some 1.3 million refugees in Uganda, most of whom have fled from neighbouring South Sudan. This latter country’s unrelenting civil war has already produced more than 4.5 million refugees. Some 230’000 refugees from South Sudan have found shelter at Uganda's Bidibidi refugee camp, one of the largest in the world. The conditions there are cramped and hygiene is extremely precarious. Besides, thousands more are crossing the border every month, for the most part women and children. They have very limited access to food and drinking water.

Since May 2017 HEKS/EPER and its partner organisation «ACORD» have been providing emergency aid for the people in the Bidibidi refugee camp and for locals in the environs of the camp. The priorities are to secure supplies of clean drinking water, build latrines as well as provide training in hygiene measures. Besides, HEKS/EPER also collaborates with the partner organisation «CEFORD», whose projects are designed to promote peaceful coexistence of refugees and locals and to boost their household incomes.

HEKS/EPER in Uganda

Facts

The Bidibidi camp is home to some 230’000 refugees fleeing South Sudan's civil strife. In 2019 HEKS/EPER assisted 65’300 people by providing drinking water, latrines as well as training in water quality control and hygiene. In December 2019 HEKS/EPER launched a project in western Uganda to enhance food security. It was designed to bring refugees from the Congo and local people together in peace.

Older migrants are often unfamiliar with the Swiss retirement system and with local facilities and care systems. The "HEKS/EPER AltuM" project is designed to improve living conditions, from a health and social standpoint, of immigrants 55 years and over living in the Cantons of Zürich and Aargau, as well as in Eastern Switzerland and Vaud. Through health education programmes and participation in specific activities and events, men and women learn to take better care of their health. Older migrants get to know about the relevant schemes and institutions and are encouraged to spread the word in their social network.