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Health needs and challenges of women and children in Uganda’s refugee settlements: Conceptualising a role for social work

Mwenyango, Hadijah; Palattiyil, George


Hadijah Mwenyango

George Palattiyil


With 1.36 million refugees, Uganda has witnessed Africa’s highest refugee crisis and is confronted with subsequent protection and assistance demands. The Government of Uganda and its partners are trying to support refugees to overcome the associated debilitating health conditions, and it recently shot to prominence in refuge management. Despite this, there are still gaps in health service provision for refugees. This article discusses the health situation of refugee women and children living in Uganda’s refugee settlements, explores the existing health service gaps, and argues that there is a need to extend the role of social work in health services for refugees.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 9, 2019
Publication Date 2019-11
Deposit Date Jul 15, 2022
Journal International Social Work
Print ISSN 0020-8728
Electronic ISSN 1461-7234
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 6
Pages 1535-1547
Keywords Health, health services, refugees, social work, Uganda, women and children
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