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To improve healthcare for refugees, Uganda is developping a new plan

With Uganda hosting by far the largest number of refugees in Africa – close to 1.2 million – there are massive demands on essential services such as clinics and schools. Under the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which was adopted by all 193 UN member states in 2016, Uganda is developing detailed plans to try and resolve this pressure.

To improve access to quality healthcare, Uganda’s Ministry of Health together with other government departments, NGOs and UN agencies, have developed a 5-year plan to improve the health sector. At an overall cost of just over $100 million per year, the Health Sector Integrated Refugee Response Plan (HSIRRP) will provide improved healthcare for 1.1 million refugees and more than 7 million Ugandans – but only if it is funded.

The Plan – which is integrated into Uganda’s national health plans and policies – will upgrade existing health centres and build new ones, train health workers, and ensure that facilities have the medicines and supplies they need.

This is the second in a series of sector plans designed under the CRRF. In September 2018, Uganda launched the Education Response Plan (ERP) – the first of its kind, which if funded will provide quality education for more than 500,000 children. Now the health sector has followed suit, and will soon be followed by plans for ‘jobs and livelihoods’ and ‘water and the environment’. The plans are designed to ensure a more coordinated and effective long-term response.

What happens next depends largely on funding, and to what extent the international community upholds the commitments made under global agreements such as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the Global Compact for Refugees.

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