Medical Care for South Sudanese Refugees
After a failed alleged coup in mid-December 2013 that resulted in the deaths 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. The estimated total number of internally displaced people within South Sudan is 200,000 and since the conflict began, over 29,000 refugees have crossed over into Northern Uganda.
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.
The majority of refugees are women and children. The refugees have been arriving in Uganda with some personal belongings and in relatively good health despite sometimes walking for two weeks. Several thousand refugees remained at the border awaiting transportation. Some refugees have also been arriving at the centers by their own means.
Centers are facing severe challenges in basic health services.
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 a 3-month plan with the following objectives to increase emergency health services:
- Provide essential health services focused on communicable disease diagnosis and case management
- Provide essential child health services through the management of newborn and childhood illness
- Provide access to priority reproductive health services
- Establish a disease surveillance system for outbreak detection and response
- Prevent the spread of communicable disease through essential health services
You Can Help
We are grateful to report that we have received adequate funds to support our planned response to this crisis.
If you’d like to support people in great need, we would encourage you to explore the many efforts we have underway to care for the world’s most vulnerable including Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Congolese refugees in Uganda and many other life-saving health programs.