Health for Crisis-Affected Populations
Health is an integrated component of IOM’s overall humanitarian response, particularly in natural disasters where IOM is a Camp Coordination and Management Cluster lead. IOM assists crisis-affected populations, governments and host communities to strengthen and re-establish primary health care systems. IOM delivers health care and psychosocial support for displaced persons, facilitates medical referrals and arranges medical evacuations for individuals who cannot be cared for locally. IOM assists in rebuilding community-based services and strengthens crisis-affected health care systems.
When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, IOM was among the UN agencies that supported the response. Besides being part of various response committees coordinated by the Ministry of Health, and reprogramming its work to response to the pandemic, IOM has implemented major interventions funded by the Government of Denmark and by the British Government (under a project led by WHO).
In recent years, IOM Uganda has also been part of the Ebola Virus Disease response, supporting Ebola screening at Points of Entry on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Health Border and Mobility Management, and provision data through the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).