Needs of disabled refugees are “routinely ignored”

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a620
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Refugees with disabilities are among “the most underserved and neglected people in the world,” says a report by the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, which maintains that the needs of millions of disabled people are routinely ignored.

    A six month investigation by the US based research and advocacy charity was funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to investigate the needs of “a virtually invisible population—refugees and displaced people who suffer from physical, sensory, or mental disabilities.”

    The World Health Organization estimates that there are 600 million people with disabilities worldwide—between 7% and 10% of the …

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