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Global refugee total reached almost 60 million in 2014, highest since WWII

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6478
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls are often neglected in the response to humanitarian disasters and conflict, a United Nations report has warned.1

The report highlighted that, of the 100 million people around the world currently in need of humanitarian assistance, about a quarter—26 million—are women and adolescent girls of childbearing age. It warned, however, that sexual and reproductive health services are most scarce when they are most needed.

In 2014 the global total of refugees reached 59.5 million, …

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