Online Program

UN refugee settlement programs in africa: The case of liberian refugees in Ghana

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Anthony Sallar, PhD, MPH, MBA, Greenhill College,, Ghana Insititute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Achimota, Ghana
Gavivina Tamakole, B.A; MA, Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Accra, Ghana
Following the UN's declaration of the Cessation Clause in December 2011 with six months grace period, the Liberian refugees in Ghana on June 30th 2012, ceased to be refugees. Prior to the Cessation Clause, about 5,000 have been resettled in USA, Canada Australia, Norway and Holland after UNHCR assessed and recommended these individuals and receiving countries had the final say. The Declaration called for the refugees to either go home (voluntary repatriation, VOLREP) or locally integrate into Ghanaian society. Those who opted for VOLREP, received UNHCR's repatriation grant of $300/adult and $200/child. Upon arrival in Liberia, their government provides $75 across board (adult and child) for transportation to their destination. By 31st January 2013, about 6,000 had repatriated, 100 did not due to academic, health, or indecision by some former refugees, and 4,200 requested local integration. It reviews Ghana's refugee policy, refugees' medical records including HIV/AIDS and ARV therapy, and successive governments' actions in refugees' crisis management since the 1st batch of refugees arrived in Ghana in 1989. Finally, challenges and lessons learned in handling a refugee population from a high of 64,000 on a 141.09 acre land are discussed with recommendations using the study to address and contain future refugee issues and also inform policy in other refugee settings.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Occupational health and safety
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Discuss UNCHR and Ghana’s refugee policies Discuss the health, social, and economic challenges that refugees face in Ghana and the survival strategies some refugees adopted in coping with 22 years of being a refugee List the interventions such as occupational training, schools and others done by the Ghana government and UNCHR to equip refugees with skills. Identify the key events that happened in the camps and Ghana governments’ responses. Discuss the epidemiology of reported diseases among the refugee population at the camp in Ghana

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a doctorate degree in Epidemiology and have taught, research and provided service for more than 22 years. I have been a Program planner, abstract reviewer and Chairperson of an APHA Caucus.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.