New guidance on health care for refugees and migrants


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Noticias Médicas Univadis
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The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the European Commission, has launched a new technical guidance series on the health of refugees and migrants. 

The series is composed of five individual publications which each provides tools, case studies and evidence to inform practices and policies. 

The guidance on the health of refugee and migrant children highlights areas that need particular attention when considering the health of minors, including whether they are unaccompanied and separated from family, whether they have been trafficked, and whether they have been left behind.

Guidance on mental health promotion and mental health care in refugees and migrants reviews the prevalence of conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders. 

Guidance on health promotion for improved refugee and migrant health provides practical recommendations to improve health promotion activities, while guidance on the health of older refugees and migrants aims to inform development of practices in this area. 

Guidance on the health care of pregnant refugees and migrants and newborns identifies problems and entry points for interventions for maternal and newborn health among refugees and migrants. 

The series was launched to mark International Migrants Day (18 December) earlier this week.