Refugee and migrant health
Migrant populations, including children, at higher risk of mental health disorders
Refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants are at heightened risk for certain mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress, depression and psychosis. Child refugees traumatized and among those most at risk.
ERS-WHO/Europe survey of TB screening practices among refugees reveals need for improved coordination to end TB
Results from a survey by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe show great variations among countries in tuberculosis (TB) screening practices among refugees.
Famine and health
Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and the food security situation is of grave concern in 6 other countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, and Yemen. Very high levels of severe acute malnutrition have been reported in the the most affected countries.
The 140th Executive Board Decision on Promoting the health of refugees and migrants
On 31 January 2017, during the 140th Executive Board Session, the Executive Board made a Decision on ‘Promoting the health of refugees and migrants’.
2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health: Resetting the agenda
Member States, international organizations, academia, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders engaged in a meaningful platform for multi-sectoral dialogue and commitment to discuss the health aspects of refugees and migrants, in the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, on 21 - 23 February 2017, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
WHO Europe Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health
WHO/Europe is pleased to announce the 1st Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health, an intense 5-day course offered under the umbrella of the WHO European Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration. The Summer School will take place in Syracuse, Italy, on 10–14 July 2017, and is organized in collaboration with the Health Initiative of the Americas at the University of California, Berkeley, United States of America.
More people are on the move now than ever before. There are an estimated 1 billion migrants in the world today of whom 250 million are international migrants and 763 million internal migrants – one in seven of the world’s population. 65 million of the world’s internal and international migrants are forcibly displaced today. This rapid increase of population movement has important public health implications, and therefore requires an adequate response from the health sector.
The right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is established in the WHO Constitution of 1948. Ratified international human rights standards and conventions exist to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, including their right to health. Nevertheless, many refugees and migrants often lack access to health services and financial protection for health.
Globally, there are an estimated 250 million international migrants, and 763 million internal migrants.
Globally, there are an estimated 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes.
Developing countries host 86% of the forced displaced population.
The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal Agenda recognizes the positive contributions of refugees and migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development.
The recent large-scale population movement has posed epidemiological and health system challenges, to which public health and health systems must adjust.
Lack of Universal Health Coverage can lead to excessive costs for refugees and migrants, many of whom pay out of pocket for health services.