Launch of the World report on the health of refugees and migrants – World Health Organization

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The impact of migration and displacement on the health of refugees and migrants depends on the conditions in their country of origin, exposure to factors such as policies, access to health services, integration in the host communities, as well as living, working, environmental and traveling conditions. Ensuring health systems are sensitive to and health care workers are knowledgeable about the health needs of refugees and migrants is key to protecting and promoting the health and well-being of refugees and migrants, which is also beneficial to host communities. It is a global health priority and integral to key principles – the right to health for all.
With this backdrop, the World Health Organization launches the first World report on the health of refugees and migrants, presenting the global evidence available on the health challenges faced by refugees and migrants along their journeys and in the host country, and unpacking the health status of these populations worldwide. The Report identifies trends, gaps, and practices in protecting and promoting the health of refugees and migrants and spotlights factors and actions that can shape and improve their health and well-being.
The virtual press conference to launch the report will be live streamed on all WHO social media channels. Interpretation in all UN official languages – Arabic, Chinese English, French, Russian and Spanish – as well as Hindi and Portuguese will be available.
Opening remarks:
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO
Guest speakers:
Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah, Novelist and Professor, Nobel Prize in Literature (2021)
Dr Waheed Arian, NHS Emergency Doctor, Author of In the Wars, Humanitarian and Refugee Advocate, Founder of Arian Teleheal and Arian Wellbeing
Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General, WHO
Dr Santino Severoni, Director, Health and Migration Programme, WHO
The virtual press conference can be followed live on all WHO corporate social media channels.
Fact sheets

Refugee and migrant health Q&A
Refugee and migrant health social media assets
Call for submissions: Collecting country examples on promoting the health of refugees and migrants


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