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Health Services

Only half (47%) the respondents reported their health to be “good” or “very good,” and 58 percent reported having had an illness that prevented them from conducting their normal work for at least one week during the six months prior to the survey. Over that same period, 63 percent indicated having sought medical assistance, most frequently from a local hospital (54%) or clinic (37%).

Access to health care remains problematic; 47 percent judged their access to health care to be “bad” or “very bad,” and only 12 percent judged it “good” or “very good.” Quality of health services was also a challenge; about half the respondents also found health services to be of “bad” or “very bad” quality, while 21 percent judged the quality of health services to be “good” or “very good.” Respondents from Pader district least frequently ranked their access to and quality of health services to be “good” or “very good.” More generally, these findings about perceptions of current services may explain why 44 percent of respondents felt the government should invest more in health services (see section on priorities).

Figure 12: Access to and Quality of Health Services

Figure 12 - Access to and Quality of Health Services

Other Services

The survey asked respondents to rank a series of services and their access to basic needs from “very good” to “very bad.” The results confirm findings that former camps provide good access to services and amenities; compared to other settlement types, a higher proportion of respondents in former camps reported “good” or “very good” access to water and health services. However, just 43 percent ranked access to land positively, compared to 80 percent among village residents.

For all items, except access to land, a higher proportion of respondents felt positive about services and access to basic needs in the district of Gulu compared to other districts. Although many residents of Pader reported good access to land, overall it is in that district that the lowest proportion of respondents reported a “good” or “very good” quality of life (14%). Access to health services, police, and markets were ranked positively significantly less often than elsewhere. 

Figure 13: Perception of Services

Figure 13 - Perception of Services