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Integrate health services for refugees into national healthcare, says UN report

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5244
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Health services for refugees need to be integrated into the national healthcare systems of host countries, in a bid to alleviate the pressures of trying to meet the needs of millions of uprooted people, almost half of whom live outside designated camps, says a report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The report, which covers the agency’s health activities for 2010, says that in Pakistan, where more than 64 health facilities in Afghan refugee camps provide healthcare services to more than a million refugees and adjoining local host communities, the way forward is “to mainstream” refugee programmes into public health services.

Many refugees are likely to …

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