August, 19

Migrants, Refugees In Worse Health Situations – WHO

According to the World Health Organization, millions of migrants and refugees in disadvantaged situations have worse health outcomes than their host communities, particularly in areas with subpar living and working conditions.

The analysis was based on the inaugural WHO World Report on the health of refugees and migrants, the international health organization stated on Wednesday.

“Millions of refugees and migrants around the world, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances like low-skilled migrant workers, experience worse health outcomes than their host communities.

“This has serious ramifications for the possibility that the world will not meet the health-related Sustainable Development Goals for these populations, especially where living and working conditions are subpar,” it stated.

According to Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, one in eight people—or roughly one billion—across the globe are migrants.

He contends that the effects of migration are important factors influencing health and wellbeing and that refugees and migrants continue to be some of the most vulnerable and underserved people in many communities.

“This report is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of migrant and refugee health, and it urges swift, coordinated action to guarantee people access to services that are considerate of their needs.

Additionally, it “illustrates the urgent need to address the underlying factors contributing to poor health and to fundamentally reconfigure health services to meet the demands of a world increasingly in motion,” Ghebreyesus added.

He claimed that the assessment, which was based on a thorough analysis of literature from all across the world, shows that migrants and refugees are not always worse off than host populations.

According to Ghebreyesus, it is the result of several unhealthy lifestyle factors, including access to services, housing, income, and education.

The influence of language, cultural, legal, and other barriers, as well as their interactions throughout a person’s life, he claimed, contributes to poor health outcomes.

The report reaffirmed that, particularly when combined with other determinants, the experience of migration and displacement were important elements in a person’s health and wellbeing.

For instance, a recent meta-analysis of over 17 million participants from 16 countries and five WHO regions indicated that migrant employees were less likely to use health services than non-migrant workers.

Additionally, there is a higher risk of occupational injury.

Evidence also suggested that a sizeable portion of the 169 million migrant workers worldwide are doing dirty, hazardous, and labor-intensive tasks that put them at a higher risk of workplace accidents.

Other issues include injuries and work-related health issues, which are worse for migrants than for non-migrants because they frequently have limited or restricted access to and use of health services, according to the report.

Regarding the health of migrants and refugees, the report exposed significant data and health information system gaps.

Although data and evidence are aplenty, they are fragmented and cannot be compared between nations or over time, the report added, adding that these migratory people are occasionally recognizable in global statistics used for tracking the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to the article, health statistics frequently lack migratory status factors and health statistics frequently lack health data.

According to the research, this made it challenging to gauge and monitor how well refugees and migrants were doing in terms of achieving the health-related SDGs.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO’s deputy director general, stated: “If we want to alter the current situation, we must take urgent action to improve the health of refugees and migrants.

The quality, applicability, and completeness of health data on refugees and migrants must urgently be improved, according to her.

According to Jakab, the WHO needs reliable mechanisms for data collection and monitoring that accurately reflect the diversity of the global population as well as the challenges that refugees and migrants face.

She claims that it is frequently difficult to build sound policies toward health equity due to the absence of comparative statistics on the health of refugees and migrants between nations and throughout time.

According to Jakab, various structures and policies take care of and respond to the health requirements of migrants and refugees.

However, the research stated that there are still inequalities in health outcomes, and it demonstrated that these inequalities are mostly caused by a lack of relevant and efficient policy implementation.

Health does not start or finish at a country’s border, according to Dr. Santino Severoni, director of the WHO’s Health and Migration Programme.

According to Severini, immigration status should instead serve as a foundation for strengthening healthcare, social protection, and financial security, rather than as a basis for discrimination.

According to him, the organization needs to reposition its current health systems to provide integrated and inclusive health services for migrants and refugees that adhere to the concepts of universal health coverage and primary healthcare.

According to the paper, immigrants and refugees can contribute creative concepts that spark societal and economic change.

It emphasized the outstanding contributions made by migrant and refugee healthcare professionals to the frontline response to COVID-19.

One of the most noteworthy, according to the report, was the contributions made by immigrants in several OEC&D member nations.

When up to half of the doctors or nurses in some countries are foreign born, it was noted that this was particularly significant.

“Implementing inclusive health systems that adhere to the idea of the right to health for all people and universal health coverage will enable those who need medical assistance to be found and assisted as soon as possible.

It claimed that the health system’s weakest link determined how strong they were.

According to the report, including refugees and migrants was a wise investment for the growth and welfare of countries all over the world.

Uchara Faith
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