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Refugees lack access to tertiary health care, says UN agency

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5703
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

A growing number of refugees living in towns and cities in middle income countries face problems accessing tertiary healthcare facilities, a senior official from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.

Paul Spiegel, the agency’s head of public health and HIV, said the problem has come to the forefront in dealing in particular with the complex health problems among the million or so Iraqi refugees living in countries such as Jordan, Syria, and Egypt.

He said, “Depending on the situation and on our budget we help subsidise the interventions, and we also strongly advocate for the [host] governments to give access to refugees in the same way as …

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