Uganda hosts the largest refugee population in Africa – more than one million refugees. Violence in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo has forced thousands of families to leave behind all they know to seek refuge in a new country. The influx of refugees has put intense pressure on a health care system that still struggles to meet the needs of its own people. As refugees flood into Uganda, Uganda’s health centers face serious shortages of medicines, supplies and staff.
About 80% of refugees are women and children, who are particularly vulnerable to health issues that arise in the settlements. Without medical care, people die from preventable causes. Mothers die while giving birth. Babies don’t get proper nutrition. Children suffer from malaria.
Caring for the Vulnerable
Medical Teams is recognized by the United Nations for the quality of our work to make sure refugees throughout Uganda have access to life-saving medical care. Because of that, we have been the chosen partner for providing refugee healthcare in Uganda by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) since 2009.
Your support allows us to be on the frontlines as refugees cross the border into Uganda. It enables our teams to provide a health screening for nearly every refugee that arrives in Uganda, providing vaccines and closely monitoring for diseases like Ebola, cholera and COVID-19 that have outbreak potential.
And we continue delivering medical care after families move from border crossing points to refugee settlements. We staff clinics with qualified doctors and nurses and ensure facilities are stocked with essential medicines. When local health facilities are supported, children suffering from malaria and respiratory infections – two of the leading causes of death – can recover their health. Pregnant women receive prenatal care and help delivering their babies, even when they need emergency obstetric care like cesarean sections. Babies have a healthy start to life.
It doesn’t stop there. Your support enables nutrition staff to identify babies and pregnant women who are malnourished and provide them with highly nutritious supplemental foods. Staff train mothers in safe practices for feeding young children. They distribute emergency rations of food to severely malnourished babies and refer them to clinics to continue receiving care. Your support also trains refugees to help their neighbors. They explain to families how to prevent illness and monitor for diseases. All of these efforts help refugees and local communities live healthy lives.Learn More About Refugee Health Care