Primary Health Care for South Sudanese refugees
The Arua district in Uganda had 178,481 South Sudanese refugees and a host community population of 891,700 (UNHCR, 2019).
- Health care is poor in the area and existing government services are unable to cope with the need caused by the influx of refugees.
- UNHCR and large INGOs are support local camps with water access, food staples, and basic needs, the largest unmet need is basic healthcare access.
- The whole settlement is served by two health centres and four health posts.
- Refugees cannot afford private transportation to health centres, walking distances of up to 6 kilometres, to seek treatment.
UNHCR’s assessment of the healthcare needs in Imvepi in 2018 reported that: ‘Limited access to health services leads to some refugees resorting to traditional remedies or selling part of their food rations to afford transportation to the main referral hospital in Arua.’
CRESS aims to help the South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda through our clinic and outreach services.
Our clinic in Mijale has the required staff and equipment to provide treatment for Malaria, Pneumonia, Diarrhoea, Diabetes, Mellitus, Hypertension, Typhoid, Brucellosis and skin conditions.