Primary Health Care for South Sudanese refugees

The Need

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.’

Our Solution

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.


It also supports the separately funded RUMPs, hygiene training project, field maternal health project and CATT (Children's Accelerated Trauma Therapy).

Healthcare Stories

  • Jeska and 1 year old Scovia who was very sick
  • Isaac and family
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Clinic Achievements

Donate £10/Month

In 2021 Bethy the Midwife at the CRESS funded clinic delivered 218 babies as well as providing antenatal classes and check-ups. £10 a month helps us support her salary.

Donate £500

Generator Fuel which provides electicity for the scanner, fridges, sterilising equipment and electronic microscope is increasing in price rapidly - can you help by donating 6 months of fuel?