Poles organise medical aid for refugees in Uganda

The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) is to deliver 100 housing modules to Uganda, which will serve as medical centres in refugee camps. PLN 1.5 million (EUR 348,000) for the project comes from the Polish Aid programme.

The 17.5-square-metre prefabricated housing units going to Uganda will be produced by a firm in Gdańsk (northern Poland).

"They fulfill all the UN norms both in terms of living conditions and security, the PCPM foundation stated.” Some of them will be equipped with extra roof panels to protect from the sun and heat."

As a result of the years-long wars in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 1.4 million refugees are staying in Uganda. In many camps there are no appropriate conditions to give medical aid. The conditions are particularly challenging in the refugee camp Bidi Bidi Bidi, in the northwest part of the country, which is one of the biggest such camps in the world, housing 280,000 people. The 'clinic' there is made of wooden beams and plastic sheets.

The health centres being created by PCPM are intended to alleviate the conditions. The project is financed through budgetary funds, coming from the Polish Aid initiative. The Polish Center for International Aid foundation is a public benefit organisation. Its mission is to provide humanitarian, development and emergency aid to people in need worldwide.