Uganda is currently home to the largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering more than one million refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, and other countries in the region. Despite the country’s own economic challenges, especially in resource-poor areas where refugees often settle, Uganda remains committed to its progressive refugee policies, giving the displaced access to the same schools, healthcare, and employment opportunities as native Ugandans.
Relief International began operating in Uganda in October 2017, responding to the rising needs of beneficiaries displaced from South Sudan, Somalia and other countries in Africa where RI works. When another organization was unable to continue supporting its three primary healthcare clinics in Uganda’s Palorinya Refugee Settlement, jeopardizing the healthcare of 130,000 refugees, RI teams fundraised more than $70,000 from the general public to save them.
Fast-forward to today, Relief International has expanded our healthcare programming to southwestern Uganda, responding to the medical needs of refugees arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Instability, coupled with a renewed violence and a worsening Ebola outbreak, has pushed nearly 500,000refugees across the DRC-Uganda border. In both northern and southwestern Uganda, RI is one of the leading humanitarian organizations providing primary healthcare, HIV testing and counseling, reproductive and maternal health services, nutritional assistance and other forms of healthcare to these highly vulnerable refugee and host populations.