HISTORY OF GLOBAL REFUGE IN UGANDA
Global Refuge has been working in Northern Uganda for 12 years with a long list of interventions to assist displaced people. GRI began interventions in 2006 with food and medical assistance to more than 60,000 people of Katakwi who 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.
In 2014 GRI began a medical clinic in Arua district, which has now grown to provide care to more than 120,000 South Sudanese, Ugandan and Congolese people annually.
2017 KEY FIGURES
Men, women & children who received care:
Patients admitted to our clinics:
Babies delivered at our clinics:
No. staff in 2017:
CURRENT WORK: ARUA DISTRICT
Borders South Sudan
STATISTICS ABOUT NORTHERN UGANDA
- As of April 2017, a total of 1,126,277 refugees are in northern Uganda from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic Congo
- The top three causes of death in childhood in this region are diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia
- According to the World Health Organization, South Sudan faces a severe shortage of all categories of trained health professionals, including physicians at 1 per 65,574 people, and midwives at 1 per 39,088 women.
ODUBU HEALTH CENTER
The Odubu Health Center 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 annually.
IMVEPI HEALTH CENTER
Imvepi is one of the few places new South Sudanese refugees are still able to settle. Recognizing the potential health problems, due to little access to medical care, Global Refuge has taken 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.