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The unmet surgical needs of global refugee populations: A perspective review

Awuah, Wireko Andrew, Adebusoye, Favour Tope, Ferreira, Tomas, Azeem, Saleha, Bharadwaj, Hareesha Rishab, Akpan, Aniekeme Amos, Wellington, Jack, Zia, Muhammad Robass, Kumar, Harendra, Khalid, Amna, Abdul-Rahman, Toufik and Isik, Arda 2023. The unmet surgical needs of global refugee populations: A perspective review. SAGE Open Medicine 11 , pp. 1-13. 10.1177/20503121231204492

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The global refugee community, including those forced to flee due to persecution, conflict, or violence, faces significant challenges in accessing healthcare, resulting in a higher prevalence of surgical disease. These challenges have a profound impact on morbidity and mortality rates, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where many immigrants seek refuge. Limited availability of medical facilities, an inadequate surgical workforce, financial constraints and linguistic and cultural barriers all contribute to reduced access to healthcare. Limited access to competent healthcare leads to poor health outcomes, increased morbidity and mortality rates and suboptimal surgical results for refugees. To address these challenges, a multifaceted approach is necessary. This includes increased funding for healthcare initiatives, workforce recruitment and training and improved coordination between aid organisations and local healthcare systems. Strategies for managing surgical conditions in the global refugee community encompass the development of targeted public health programmes, removing legal barriers, establishing healthcare facilities to enhance surgical access and prioritising disease prevention among refugees.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 2050-3121
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 April 2024
Date of Acceptance: 13 September 2023
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2024 13:05

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