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Experts conduct research on urban refugee’s health issues


Participants from S. Sudan, Burundi, Somalia, DRC and Uganda during the training in Kampala. (Photo by Martin Manyiel Wugol)

By Martin Manyiel Wugol

Environmental experts and researchers are conducting a two-day training on urban refugees’ health matters and infrastructural difficulties facing urban refugees in Kampala. The training brought together refugee from different origins including South Sudanese, Burundians, Somalis, and Congolese from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This training comes after the refugee health situations in Uganda have caught the attention of the international community forcing experts to carry research on the health infrastructure for urban refugees.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, South Sudanese participants appealed to community’s leaders to be open to researchers in order to establish the challenges facing households in Kampala.

He said the leaders must not keep silent saying giving out rightful information would bring positive results for future planning to find out what are the causes of the diseases amongst urban dwellers.

According to Mr. Joyous who is a refugee from DRC, the research will definitely improve so many health challenges facing them in various cities cross Uganda. He said health services were inadequate and the generally living standard of refugees was extremely low.

It is difficult and it needs such educative research to make the government of host countries aware and to understand the challenges refugees went through. Despite the little assistance so far given to refugees still more are eventually needed to meet the required standard of living in the city said Joyous.

The research project mainly focuses on health issues and standard of living in the city for the urban refugees. The research technique decided to recruit three refugees from each country including the host country Uganda to go and collect data from the households for future plan and immediate benefit.

The team leader of the researchers Madam Diane said they want to find out the challenges and constraints surrounding the health provision of urban refugees’ communities. “The second aspect is to change strategy and the approaches because the focus being used to provide health infrastructure of urban refugees experienced serious challenges,” she said.

Diane urged urban refugee communities to encourage their families to be cooperative to the researchers in terms of giving real matters facing them without exaggerating as there would be no direct benefit to the immediate household but it is essential for planning purposes for the government of Uganda and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR).

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