The sector’s main objective is to ensure full integration of comprehensive primary health care services for refugees into national and local government systems, in line with the Health Sector Integrated Refugee Response Plan (2019-2024), launched in January 2019.
The under 5 mortality rate was low at 0.1 compared to the standard of less than 1.5 deaths per 1,000 population. This was achieved because of strengthened community health interventions using the Village Health Teams (VHTs) to carry out disease surveillance in addition to testing and treating children for childhood illness such as diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory tract infections in the communities. This intervention is being scaled up in all settlements. 208 health workers were trained on Integrated management of Acute malnutrition.
There are high rates of anaemia in the settlements and it is the major cause of death among children under 5 years. Behaviour change activities using the Mother care groups have been supported in the settlements thru ICCM and backyard gardening.
The health facility delivery rate stands at 95%, this has been achieved as a result of training on eMONC that was conducted and 119 midwives trained. VHT engagement in mapping of pregnant mothers and integrated outreaches taken to the communities with maternal child health services as part of the packages.
Challenges and key priorities Only 85% of the health facilities have been accredited and integrated into national systems. This is because some of the facilities are still either temporary on semi-permanent and cannot meet the requirement for accreditation by the Ministry of Health. There is a need to upgrade the facilities, starting with infrastructure development.