U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Tours the International Organization for Migration Screening Facility

World Refugee Day

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County on June 20, to commemorate World Refugee Day.  While at the camp, Ambassador Godec toured the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Screening Facility.  He visited the lab and radiology unit of the facility and offered a band-aid and candy to a refugee child that had received a vaccination.  Ambassador Godec finished his tour by planting a tree at the hospital entrance.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Global Migration and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) are partnering on a vaccination project that began in September 2013.  The IOM Screening Facility provides health screenings and vaccinations for infectious diseases to refugees.  CDC and PRM are co-funding this project for approved refugee applicants in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).  The goal of the project is to provide cost-effective public health interventions, improve refugee health, and limit the number of vaccinations refugees will need after they arrive in the United States.

Kenya is one of the two largest sources of resettling refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, and Kakuma is the largest site for resettlement processing in Kenya.