Regional Overview: RRP5 Update - September 2013: Health
Health services in host countries struggle to provide services to the increasing number of refugees. In camp situations, clinics, equipment, drugs and other medical supplies as well as professionals (nurses, doctors and technicians) need to be deployed to meet immediate and primary health care needs. Reproductive health care is required by women and families, including ante-natal, labour and delivery and post-natal care. Ensuring public health for refugees and host communities also necessitates optimal immunization for children as well as effective surveillance, which serves as an early warning indicator for public health concerns.
Given the often traumatized state of refugees following their flight and arrival to safe countries, psycho-social support services are also required, with improved access to specialized mental health services for those with acute or chronic mental health conditions.
RRP5 partners are working to ensure access to adequate emergency and primary care, and where possible facilitate access and referral for secondary and tertiary services. Efforts are also made to strengthen existing national health schemes and increase their capacity to address the growing demands on their resources whenever possible.