South Sudan ranks #2 on the 2016 Fragile States Index. After a short-lived peace agreement fell through in 2016, ethnically-charged violence has forced millions from their homes. The world's youngest nation, much of the fighting has centered around it's agriculturally-rich region, disrupting farming and surging food prices. In February 2017, its food crisis escalated to the point of famine.
Escaping war and starvation, thousands are becoming refugees as they flee to neighboring countries (especially Uganda) for relief. Our teams are working in Uganda, providing medical care for refugees entering the nation and for families settled in refugee settlements across the nation.
Providing medical care
Ugandan health centers are facing serious shortages as refugees, mostly women and children, flee to Uganda. Basic care, sanitation and water facilities are overwhelmed, and refugees are left trapped in dangerous living situations.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees asked Medical Teams International to provide medicines and doctors for new camps right now so more refugees can survive. Our teams are on the ground, providing health screenings, emergency medical treatment and referrals for incoming refugees. We are also serving in refugee settlements across the country, providing urgently-needed care.