As of January 1993, the Congolese Red Cross assisted 10,000 Angolan refugees with medical and vaccination teams, and the distribution of sheets, blankets, mats, saucepans, plates, water containers, machetes and soap. By the end of the same year, 60,000 Sudanese refugees had been accommodated in five camps in Uganda, with camp management responsibilities handled by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In the same year, the Federation gave 100,000 Swiss francs to assist the Rwanda Red Cross and the Tanzania Red Cross to care for 300,000 refugees from Burundi. The Kenyan Red Cross-Federation programme had aided 96,000 Somali refugees by the end of October 1992. The National Red Cross Societies of Togo, Benin and Ghana continued to provide food, water, shelter and medicines, for the 120,000 Togolese refugees in Ghana and 100,000 in Benin, in 1993. As of January 1993, 150,000 Afghan refugees were supported by a Federation supported hospital, and run by the Pakistani Red Crescent Society. Continuing from 1992 to 1993, the Bangladeshi Red Crescent distributed weekly basic supplies to some 230,000 refugees from Myanmar. As of January 1993, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines were supported by the Federation in education, health and social welfare programmes for 32,000 Vietnamese boat people in 1993. In the same year, 300 full-time and 2,604 part time Malawi Red Cross relief workers continued to distribute food to Mozambican refugees.
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