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 host communities, as well as living, working, environmental and travel conditions. Ensuring that health systems are sensitive to the health needs of refugees and migrants and that health workers are aware of these needs is essential to protect and promote the health and well-being of refugees and migrants, which is also beneficial for host communities. It is a global health priority and is an integral part of the key principles – the right to health for all.
In this context, the World Health Organization is launching the first World report on the health of refugees and migrants, presenting the available global evidence on the health issues faced by refugees and migrants throughout their journey and in the host country, and unpacking the health status of these populations around the world. The report identifies trends, gaps and practices in protecting and promoting the health of refugees and migrants and highlights the factors and actions that can shape and improve their health and well-being.
The virtual press conference to launch the report will be broadcast live on all WHO social networks. Interpretation in all official UN languages – Arabic, Chinese English, French, Russian and Spanish – as well as Hindi and Portuguese will be available.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO
Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah, novelist and professor, Nobel Prize in Literature (2021)
Dr Waheed Arian, NHS emergency physician, author of In the Wars, humanitarian aid and refugee advocate, founder of Arian Teleheal and Arian Wellbeing
Questions and answers :
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 social networks.