Populations at special health risk: Displaced populations

S. L. Thomas, S. D.M. Thomas, P. Komesaroff

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Displacement as a result of natural disaster, civil strife, and war has become a global problem, with the number of refugees and internally displaced persons numbering in the tens of millions. Displacement is associated with increased health risks, due to infectious diseases and other physical illnesses, psychological conditions, and reproductive health issues, with vulnerable populations, such as the infirm, women, children, and the elderly, at particular risk. The public health response can be difficult because of logistic, cultural, and political factors but must include attention to the specific physical and cultural needs of the people affected and educational and capacity-building strategies. © 2008

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Conflict
  • Culturally sensitive approaches
  • Displacement
  • Forced migration
  • Infectious disease
  • Internally displaced people
  • Mortality rates
  • Natural disasters
  • Participatory approaches
  • Public health
  • Refugees
  • Reproductive health

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