Populations at Special Health Risk: Displaced Populations

Thomas, S, Thomas, S, Long, D and Komesaroff, P 2017, 'Populations at Special Health Risk: Displaced Populations' in Stella R. Quah (ed.) International encyclopedia of public health: Volume 5, Elsevier, United Kingdom, pp. 548-555.


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Title Populations at Special Health Risk: Displaced Populations
Author(s) Thomas, S
Thomas, S
Long, D
Komesaroff, P
Year 2017
Title of book International encyclopedia of public health: Volume 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication United Kingdom
Editor(s) Stella R. Quah
Start page 548
End page 555
Subjects Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Summary The number of displaced people in the world today which includes those uprooted by violent conflict, natural disasters, economic development, climate change, and a variety of other causes continues to grow. Such people face serious risks to their safety and health, related to the causes and effects of the flight itself, acute and chronic diseases, mental illness, and cultural dislocation. Women and children are particularly vulnerable. Responses both in the countries of origin and internationally are often inadequate, either because of insufficient resources or a lack of compassion and generosity from the world community. There is a need to rethink the definitions of refugee and internally displaced person, which are largely obsolete in the era of complex and changing internal and global forces, and to redesign the institutions that have been constructed to deal with the problem.
Copyright notice Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword(s) Asylum seekersDisplaced personsEthnic conflict and public healthGeneva ConventionHumanitarian responsesInternally displaced personsMental healthPopulations at special health risk: migrantsPTSDRefugeesRelief operationsSexual health
DOI - identifier 10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00341-6
ISBN 9780128037089
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