Many refugees suffer from different types of chronic diseases. Some were ill before fleeing but many also developed chronic diseases during their stay in the refugee camps. Examples are tuberculosis, chronic depression, diabetes, liver diseases, epilepsy, heart diseases and Schizophrenia. Many of these diseases are not possible to treat in the available health centers and regional referral hospitals in the refugee camps. Chronically ill refugees are therefore transferred to Addis Ababa where they can get further support from DICAC and in collaboration with health centers.
DICAC provides medication and hospital access to chronically ill refugees. Some of these patients need frequent hospital care, and also this DICAC is able to facilitate. In cooperation with UNCHR the organization also provides complicated treatments, as for heart- and liver diseases, that are directly lives saving.
DICAC is able to provide quality health care for this group that would otherwise be very exposed. Around 950 chronically ill refugees get help and support through DICAC every year.