RHINO CAMP CLINIC

Goal: To provide life-saving medical treatment to more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees who have escaped the heavy fighting in South Sudan.

Global Refuge has been working in Northern Uganda for nearly 10 years now, 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 has treated over 70,000 patients to date; most of which are displaced women and children from South Sudan.

Currently GRI's Rhino Camp Medical Clinic treats all illnesses related to displaced people with the major ones including diarrheal disease, severe infections, severe burns, snake bites, complicated deliveries and malaria. In past years this clinic has had to refer patients needing oxygen, laboratory tests, c-sections and some immunizations far away to government clinics. With our goals of establishing a new facility we hope to be able to address all of these issues in house.

In a first for GRI, we created a much more sustainable, dynamic clinic 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. 

Now that the clinic is completed, GRI plans to train an additional 20 South Sudanese refugees and local Ugandans as medics to move among their population preventing and treating illnesses while transporting those in desperate need to the clinic via bicycle ambulances.

This new clinic gives us the ability to provide high quality health care to a population of 100,000 people in northern Uganda.