GRI refurbished a deserted clinic building into a functional clinic and staffed it with doctors, nurses, midwives and lab technicians. An additional inpatient tent was added onto the clinic property with the ability to house severe inpatient cases. GRI medical staff have remained with the displaced population in this area since the clinic opened in February 2014. They treat an average of 150 patients every day.


Northern Uganda
Malaria Initiative

As the country of Uganda emerges from Africa’s longest war, it faces a new set of challenges. During the war, many people suffered from disease, malnutrition and other things that were exacerbated by the displacement associated with war. However, many of those struggles haven’t disappeared with the peoples’ return to villages. Many families have been forced to relocate entirely after the war due to many other factors.

The average person in Northern Uganda faces a great deal of health struggles in their everyday life, many that could be changed through minimal intervention. The health issues they face continue to kill large numbers of people and their lack of attention internationally has made life difficult for people who have survived the days of conflict.

GRI has maintained a presence in this area of Northern Uganda since 2005, in the heart of the conflict. While many other organizations have chased grant funding for other projects outside Uganda, GRI has continued to stay in this area as the enormous health needs of the people have grown.

In the fall of 2011, new data began to emerge, in the area of public health, that led GRI to create “The 5” campaign. The 5 aims to reduce the burden of Cholera, Dysentery (Diarrhea), Malaria, Pneumonia and Malnutrition which are together responsible for 95% of the death toll on displaced people around the world. This campaign allows GRI to focus much more energy on these major causes of death; which are also the most fatal diseases in Uganda. In February 2012, GRI conducted a wide-ranging health assessment of Oyam district in Northern Uganda. As expected, Malaria continues to lead , all other causes of death, despite efforts by many different actors in the past. This led GRI to create the Global Refuge Malaria Initiative.

In two years, GRI treated 12,989 people with malaria and educated 104,592. 

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Global Refuge responded to the urgent needs of displaced people from DR Congo who were forced to endure many atrocities. The areas where they settled made them vulnerable to extreme shortages of water, terrible sanitation and deadly diseases. GRI provided over 65,000 refugees with clean water, proper sanitation and food. They were also given medical education and testing and treatment for malaria. As with all GRI programs, local people were trained and equipped to help themselves and their people.


Emergency Response

Water supplies in the suburbs of Damascus were destroyed and an estimated 60,000 people were without water. GRI hired local Syrian staff and began to rebuild the entire 16-pump water system for the population of this suburb. We provided massive generators, new pipes and pump repairs. Work had to be done in secret as there was a constant threat of bombs and aerial attacks. Upon completion, truck mounted generators would run each pump in the city so people could receive enough water to last them until the trucks could come again a few days later. 

In the midst of the water project, GRI learned of the plight of 520 orphans who had survived a chemical weapons attack, but had nowhere to live. GRI worked with its staff in Syria to find homes for these children and to provide their life needs on a monthly basis so that host families would be able to integrate them into their homes.