Medical Care for South Sudanese Refugees
After a failed alleged coup in 2013 that resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,000 people in Juba, fighting quickly broke out around South Sudan between the South Sudanese government headed by the Dinka tribe and the government opposition headed by the Nuer Tribe. Ethnic fighting in 2016 resurfaced tensions, causing thousands more to flee for safety and disrupting farming and food supply. In early 2017, the nation was declared to be in a state of famine.
Escaping ethnic war and starvation, the huge influx of South Sudanese refugees has created a dire situation as humanitarian actors in the area scramble to meet even the basic needs of the new arrivals. Water and sanitation facilities and basic services have been overwhelmed and the capacity to provide timely and adequate assistance has been fully overstretched.
Centers are facing severe challenges in basic health services.
Refugee camps in Uganda are full of refugees, mostly women and children, fleeing from South Sudan. 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.
As the Office of the Prime Minister's and UNHCR’s lead partner in providing health interventions for refugees in West Nile, Medical Teams International will implement plan with the following objectives to increase emergency health services:
- Increase the availability of essential medicines and medical supplies
- Improve disease surveillance and epidemic control
- Improve the accessibility, quality and sustainability of health services
- Prevent further transmission of HIV/AIDS
- Improve nutrition
- Recruit and train community health workers
- Expand and strengthen the scope of primary health care services among refugees to include communicable diseases such as Malaria and tuberculosis