The Global Refuge difference
We go to difficult-to-reach places. Many times these are areas of heavy conflict where people have been displaced from their homes. Due to the difficulty in reaching them and poor security, they receive no help. They are extremely vulnerable, but are just as valuable as anyone else. They deserve our best.
We created "The 5" to bring a stronger focus on the diseases and conditions that are most likely to exist and cause the greatest amount of deaths among displaced populations. We strive to prevent and effectively treat these diseases. "The 5" are cholera, dysentery, malaria, pneumonia and malnutrition.
Many times, we need a structure to create a true refuge among the people we serve. Makeshift clinics are a way for us to train and treat at the same time, while also saving lives. Building structures is expensive and unwise in insecure settings, so we use tents, abandoned buildings or whatever else we can find to provide aid to the displaced right where they are.
Conflict will often displace people, and will displace anyone working with those people. GRI trains refugees themselves to use first-rate medical skills while moving with their population preventing illness and treating disease. Education cannot be taken away by bullets or bombs.
HOPE & HEALING
Conflicts and disasters have a terrible effect on the mental, physical and spiritual health of people. Understanding that, GRI integrates all three aspects into everything we do. We have learned that without investing in complete care among displaced people, they will never truly be healthy.