Migrant and refugee populations: a public health and policy perspective on a continuing global crisis

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/619275
Title:
Migrant and refugee populations: a public health and policy perspective on a continuing global crisis
Authors:
Abbas, M; Aloudat, T; Bartolomei, J; Carballo, M; Durieux-Paillard, S; Gabus, L; Jablonka, A; Jackson, Y; Kaojaroen, K; Koch, D; Martinez, E; Mendelson, M; Petrova-Benedict, R; Tsiodras, S; Christie, D; Saam, M; Hargreaves, S; Pittet, D
Journal:
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Abstract:
The 2015-2017 global migratory crisis saw unprecedented numbers of people on the move and tremendous diversity in terms of age, gender and medical requirements. This article focuses on key emerging public health issues around migrant populations and their interactions with host populations. Basic needs and rights of migrants and refugees are not always respected in regard to article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 23 of the Refugee Convention. These are populations with varying degrees of vulnerability and needs in terms of protection, security, rights, and access to healthcare. Their health status, initially conditioned by the situation at the point of origin, is often jeopardised by adverse conditions along migratory paths and in intermediate and final destination countries. Due to their condition, forcibly displaced migrants and refugees face a triple burden of non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, and mental health issues. There are specific challenges regarding chronic infectious and neglected tropical diseases, for which awareness in host countries is imperative. Health risks in terms of susceptibility to, and dissemination of, infectious diseases are not unidirectional. The response, including the humanitarian effort, whose aim is to guarantee access to basic needs (food, water and sanitation, healthcare), is gripped with numerous challenges. Evaluation of current policy shows insufficiency regarding the provision of basic needs to migrant populations, even in the countries that do the most. Governments around the world need to rise to the occasion and adopt policies that guarantee universal health coverage, for migrants and refugees, as well as host populations, in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. An expert consultation was carried out in the form of a pre-conference workshop during the 4th International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 20 June 2017, the United Nations World Refugee Day.
Publisher:
BMC
Issue Date:
20-Sep-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/619275
DOI:
10.1186/s13756-018-0403-4
PubMed ID:
30250735
Submitted date:
2018-10-04
Language:
en
ISSN:
2047-2994
Appears in Collections:
Emergencies/refugees

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dc.contributor.authorAbbas, Men
dc.contributor.authorAloudat, Ten
dc.contributor.authorBartolomei, Jen
dc.contributor.authorCarballo, Men
dc.contributor.authorDurieux-Paillard, Sen
dc.contributor.authorGabus, Len
dc.contributor.authorJablonka, Aen
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Yen
dc.contributor.authorKaojaroen, Ken
dc.contributor.authorKoch, Den
dc.contributor.authorMartinez, Een
dc.contributor.authorMendelson, Men
dc.contributor.authorPetrova-Benedict, Ren
dc.contributor.authorTsiodras, Sen
dc.contributor.authorChristie, Den
dc.contributor.authorSaam, Men
dc.contributor.authorHargreaves, Sen
dc.contributor.authorPittet, Den
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-16T16:40:07Z-
dc.date.available2018-10-16T16:40:07Z-
dc.date.issued2018-09-20-
dc.date.submitted2018-10-04-
dc.identifier.citationMigrant and refugee populations: a public health and policy perspective on a continuing global crisis. 2018, 7:113 Antimicrob Resist Infect Controlen
dc.identifier.issn2047-2994-
dc.identifier.pmid30250735-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s13756-018-0403-4-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/619275-
dc.description.abstractThe 2015-2017 global migratory crisis saw unprecedented numbers of people on the move and tremendous diversity in terms of age, gender and medical requirements. This article focuses on key emerging public health issues around migrant populations and their interactions with host populations. Basic needs and rights of migrants and refugees are not always respected in regard to article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 23 of the Refugee Convention. These are populations with varying degrees of vulnerability and needs in terms of protection, security, rights, and access to healthcare. Their health status, initially conditioned by the situation at the point of origin, is often jeopardised by adverse conditions along migratory paths and in intermediate and final destination countries. Due to their condition, forcibly displaced migrants and refugees face a triple burden of non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, and mental health issues. There are specific challenges regarding chronic infectious and neglected tropical diseases, for which awareness in host countries is imperative. Health risks in terms of susceptibility to, and dissemination of, infectious diseases are not unidirectional. The response, including the humanitarian effort, whose aim is to guarantee access to basic needs (food, water and sanitation, healthcare), is gripped with numerous challenges. Evaluation of current policy shows insufficiency regarding the provision of basic needs to migrant populations, even in the countries that do the most. Governments around the world need to rise to the occasion and adopt policies that guarantee universal health coverage, for migrants and refugees, as well as host populations, in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. An expert consultation was carried out in the form of a pre-conference workshop during the 4th International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 20 June 2017, the United Nations World Refugee Day.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBMCen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Controlen
dc.titleMigrant and refugee populations: a public health and policy perspective on a continuing global crisisen
dc.identifier.journalAntimicrobial Resistance and Infection Controlen
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