The Refugee Crisis

 

  • At present, one in every 113 people around the world is an asylum-seeker, internally displaced within their home country or a refugee.* This is an unprecedented figure.

  • The immediate threats of terrorism, religious and political fanaticism, the effects of climate change, and a rapid depletion of the world's natural resources means more and more communities and individuals will leave their homes in search of safety and security.  

  • The current response by many host governments and NGOs working with these communities is to focus on employment, education, and the legal navigation of asylum status, leaving these essential health needs unmet.

  • In order to address these needs, it is necessary to consider a holistic approach to reaching out to refugee populations, particularly to women and girls.

*UNHCR Press Release, 20 June 2016. http://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2016/6/5763ace54/1-human-113-affected-forced-displacement-hits-record-high.html