“We ran from too many gunshots that went on throughout the night. My parents died. My siblings have been killed. So we had to run. We ran to the border."

 -Matata, a Congolese refugee in Uganda


Refugee crisis in Uganda

Fighting in neighboring countries has pushed nearly 1.4 million refugees into Uganda's border areas. This puts intense pressure on a system that still struggles to meet the needs of its own people. Ugandan health centers are facing serious shortages as refugees, mostly women and children, flee to Uganda. Basic health care, sanitation, and water facilities are overwhelmed, and refugees are left trapped in dangerous living situations.

Our work in Uganda

Medical Teams International is a vital partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in the care of refugees in Uganda. In 2017, the UNHCR and WFP named Medical Teams its implementing partner in multiple regions where they depend on us to provide health care and nutrition services. Medical Teams provides a health screening for every single refugee crossing into Uganda, as well as primary care for refugees and nationals alike. 

Medical Teams engages with thousands of refugees to be volunteer mother-leaders in our care group program. Mobilizing refugees to be community-based health education workers empowers them with knowledge and ability to impact their own health, reduce preventable disease, and gain control over their well-being.

South Sudan Refugees in Uganda

Escaping war and starvation, the huge influx of South Sudanese refugees to Uganda 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. Health centers face severe challenges in providing basic health services. 

You can support our work helping South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. 

Congolese Refugees in Uganda

There has been a sharp increase in the number of refugees fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda in 2018. Hundreds of people are crossing the border each day, seeking safety from violence. Medical Teams is conducting health screenings, providing immunizations, and monitoring child malnutrition for new refugee arrivals. 

Medical Teams staff treats a South Sudanese refugee child in Adjumani in northern Uganda.

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