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NORTHERN UGANDA

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


123,900

Men, women & children who received care:


452

Patients admitted to our clinics:


326

Babies delivered at our clinics:


33

No. staff in 2017:


2017 Expenditure:

$176,113 USD

CURRENT WORK: ARUA DISTRICT

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. 

Democratic Repubic of Congo

HISTORY OF GLOBAL REFUGE IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

In late 2015, war broke out in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, displacing tens of thousands of people and causing conditions for many that were unsustainable for living. Food immediately became scarce and many were dying from malnutrition, cholera, malaria and other diseases.

Global Refuge responded in November 2015 with life-saving medical care and emergency feeding. The fighting has strengthened and weakened in the time that Global Refuge has been present in the region, but the work has never stopped. The emergency care became a full service feeding center and medical clinic with inpatient capabilities in early 2016. The clinic is able to provide lab tests and minor surgical procedures.

Global Refuge has been able to acquire land for growing essential foods in the area. These foods have been able to supplement the nutritional programs that are critical to keeping the entire displaced population from severe malnutrition.

Global Refuge continues to monitor other displacements across Eastern Congo and will respond when our assistance will be needed.

2017 KEY FIGURES


18,353

Men, women & children who received care:


16

No. staff in 2017:


$111,936 USD

2017 Expenditure


CURRENT WORK: NORTH KIVU DISTRICT

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North Kivu District

Borders Uganda & Rwanda

STATISTICS ABOUT DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

  • Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world, with 846 per 100,000 live births
  • According to the World Health Organization, the country has 0.28 physicians and 1.91 nurses/midwives per 10,000 people
  • Today, the total number of internally displaced people in DRC has reached 4.4 million, which is the highest number of any country on the African continent. North Kivu Province remains the most affected, accounting for over 1.1 million displaced persons as of April 2018.

OICHA CLINIC

MEDICINE

GRI’s Oicha Clinic provides medical treatment to the displaced Bantu and Pygmy population in the Oicha region. The clinic focuses on treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, malaria, malnutrition and communicable skin infections. 

MALNUTRITION

Due to food insecurity in this region, malnutrition is a main cause of death among this population. GRI provides therapeutic and supplementary feeding to malnourished children and adults. GRI staff follows strict guidelines for enrollment in the feeding program including checking the height, weight and middle upper arm circumference of each person. This is checked again weekly to monitor weight gain. GRI also provides food and medical treatment as needed to siblings and mothers of children enrolled in the feeding program.

MEDIC TRAINING

GRI believes in training and equipping those living in displacement. Therefore community health education including hygiene, disease prevention, recognition of malnutrition, medication compliance and disease monitoring are taught to medics in this region.

AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT

In addition, GRI has been conducting an agricultural project in this region since November 2015 in order to ensure food security for those who are displaced. This program has included distribution of seeds and hoes to Pygmies and weekly visits by GRI staff to ensure proper planting and maintain accountability. Also small gardens have been planted at the Oicha clinic to provide nutrition and model healthy eating to parents and children receiving treatment at the clinic.

“Wars, borders or injustice will not deter us from our goal.”

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