Global cultural and public health challenges: the impact of conflict on health care in the Rhino camp refugee settlements in Uganda
Frost, Caren J.
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The African continent has experienced much political instability for the last few decades. The instabilities have led to unending wars. These wars cause huge numbers in a population to flee for their safety, thus creating an ever increasing number of displaced persons and refugees. This research was conducted in the refugee camps in the West Nile region of Uganda in the Rhino Camp Refugee Settlements. The objective was a pilot mixed methods assessment of the challenges that refugee and host communities face, and the challenges placed on the healthcare systems of the host country of Uganda. The findings reveal many factors that are interconnected at different levels to influence the health outcomes of the refugee population in refugee camps. These factors include individual refugee factors, environmental or communal factors. These factors interact across different levels of influence to impact both the general refugee health and the healthcare system of the host country of Uganda. Of particular concern are the healthcare providers who report a burning out. Interventions that include self-help guides, and professional development for providers to address their burnout issues may produce better outcomes for the entire healthcare system.