Medical Services for Congolese Refugees
The continuing war in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to massive displacement of Congolese into southwest Uganda. An estimated 400,000 Congolese (mostly women and children) have become refugees in other nations (Source: UNHCR). Many Congolese have been victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Refugees arrive with few personal goods or funds.
Medical Teams International has been working in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement and West Nile region (SW Uganda) since 2006, providing primary healthcare and direct emergency care services to the refugee population and local communities.
Current issues being addressed include:
- High prevalence of malaria and respiratory infections
- Training for clinic staff
- Adequate medicine supplies
- Access to and quality of nutrition programs
- Antenatal and postnatal services
- Community Health Education
Our goal is to improve the health of refugee and nearby host populations in the Southwest and West Nile regions of Uganda through:
- Increased access to preventative and curative healthcare.
- Develop local healthcare provider capacity.
- Establish a health referral system.
- Increase emergency response capacity.
- Increase access to nutrition interventions for children and pregnant/ lactating women.
- Provide mosquito nets to pregnant women.
- Provide preventative and curative healthcare to refugees.
- Establish and maintain two health center demonstration gardens to address malnutrition.
- Improve nutritional well-being of children through home visits and community education.
- Provide midwife salaries and ensure professional, life-saving care.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, US State Dept.