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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.

Since 2009, MTI Uganda (MTI-U) has been providing life-saving primary health care and direct emergency care services to the refugee populations in Nakivale (Ngarama) through a static clinic and community outreaches in partnership with PRM.

Project Goals

  • Reduce mortality and improve health-seeking behaviors of refugees.
  • Increase HIV/AIDS and STI prevention services.
  • Enhance management of health systems and quality of care in the six clinics of Nakivale and Oruchinga centers.
  • Improve medical response for victims of SGBV.
  • Train health workers in psychosocial counseling.
  • Train health workers in the clinical management of SGBV.
  • Lower the incidence of SGBV at the community level through trained Community Health Workers.

Program Offerings

Provide support toward all health care goals for Nakivale and Orchinga centers.

People Served

Through this program, Medical Teams International is serving over 82,000 people, including nearly 70,000 refugees through six health clinics in the Nakivale and Oruchinga settlements in southwest Uganda as well as 2,500 refugees at Transit Centres and 10,000 Ugandan nationals.


  • Ministry of Health 
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 
  • Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, US State Dept.
To help prevent malaria, MTI volunteers distribute mosquito nets, hang them, and teach families how to use them.

Watch: Seattle Channel's eye-opening piece on MTI's work in refugee camps.

Step inside tents where volunteer MTI doctors treat endless streams of Congolese refugees seeking medical care.

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