HISTORY OF GLOBAL REFUGE IN UGANDA
Global Refuge has been working in Northern Uganda for nearly 10 years with a long list of interventions to assist displaced people. It started in 2006 with food and medical assistance to more than 60,000 people of Katakwi when they were starving and being attacked by the Lord's Resistance Army and Karamajong rebels. GRI then moved west to Apac and Oyam districts where mobile medical clinics, outreach and health education were conducted in 9 internally displaced persons camps. The work then transitioned to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS as the need rose. All along, spiritual and emotional encouragement was given to those who had suffered such horrible atrocities at the hands of the LRA.
In 2013, GRI again followed the conflict to the southwestern region of Uganda to re-establish sanitation and disease prevention through training medics among displaced Congolese people.
Then in 2014 GRI set up a makeshift medical clinic in Arua district which treated over 70,000 patients; most of these were displaced women and children from South Sudan.
2016 KEY FIGURES
Men, women & children who received care:
Patients admitted to our clinic:
Babies delivered at our clinic:
No. staff in 2016:
CURRENT WORK: ARUA DISTRICT
Borders South Sudan
The Rhino Camp clinic provides life-saving medical treatment to South Sudanese refugees who have escaped the heavy fighting in South Sudan and fled to northern Uganda. It gives Global Refuge the ability to provide health care to 100,000+ people.
ODUBU RHINO CAMP HEALTH CENTER
JULY 2016, NEW TERRITORY
In a first for GRI, we created a much more sustainable, dynamic facility with the building of a new clinic structure in July 2016. This building was generously built by volunteers from Builders Without Borders who offered this building at a minimal cost to GRI. This partnership created huge opportunities in a desperate place.
GRI's Rhino Camp Medical Clinic treats all illnesses related to displaced people, including diarrheal disease, severe infections, severe burns, snake bites, complicated deliveries and malaria. In past years Global Refuge has had to refer patients needing oxygen, laboratory tests, c-sections and some immunizations to government clinics far away. Now, we are able to provide these services in-house at our Rhino Camp Clinic.
MVEPI RHINO CAMP HEALTH CENTER
AUGUST 2017, AN UNEXPECTED EXPANSION
Global Refuge was approached by Doctors Without Borders, explaining they had built a health center about an hour drive from our current Odubu Health Center in Rhino Camp, Northern Uganda. This area is called Mvepi, and it is one of the remaining places South Sudanese refugees are still able to settle in Uganda.
In a desperate health situation, this health center had been overrun by terribly sick people, and the situation did not allow Doctors Without Borders to keep the health center running. After assessing the situation, Global Refuge took over this health center and all of its operations.
An average of 50-60 new pregnant mothers are coming daily. Refugees walk 10-15 miles with the hope they will have their children cared for with dignity.
This clinic is up on a hill, overlooking more than 140,000 new refugees from South Sudan. We see it as an image of hope and that someone knows their lives are still valuable.
We took this health center with faith (and a little stupidity), knowing that we don’t have the funds to sustain it at these kinds of patient volumes. However, this is the beauty of our model. We will find a way.
Many things have been provided to even consider a move like this, but we need your help in so many ways. We hope you will feel compelled to inject yourself into one of these ways to give.
We have created an itemized list of everything we need to make this project work.
Vehicle - $12,000
Lab Supplies (Microscope, Chemical Agents, Slides, etc) - $1,500
Latrines - 4 x $750
Delivery Beds - 2 x $500
Placenta Pit (for disposal after childbirth) - $500
Staff Costs per month - $1,800
One month's worth of medicines - $5,500
High-Risk Pregnancy Survival Kits (1 per mother) - $50/each