The Carolina Survivor Clinic, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and The Palmetto Health USC Medical Group, provides comprehensive and holistic care to refugees who are survivors of torture through individual treatment and therapeutic programs. The Clinic provides complete health screenings for newly admitted adult refugees, routine check-ups, and mental health care, along with various community-based programs.
We have partnered with numerous volunteers to create a supportive and enriching environment for the refugee community and help them grow and succeed in their new homes. The programs provided by the Carolina Survivor Clinic aim to address the various limitations to our patients' human agency while providing the health and wellness resources needed to rebuild their lives.
Who are Refugees?
Refugees are an incredibly vulnerable population forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution, or violence. According to the United Nations, in 2016, nearly 65.6 million people were forced to flee from their homes. Nearly 22.5 million of them are refugees with less than 1% resettled to a third country like the United States. Refugees have often experienced torture for standing up for what they believe in or fighting against tyranny.
While many refugees are grateful to escape their countries of origin and live in America, starting a new life is difficult. Resettled refugees must navigate through a series of obstacles, including language barriers, employment, health care, and adaptation to a new culture. These factors contribute to feelings of stress and isolation, which impact the health of refugees and their assimilation into their new environments.