Refugee health management: An international perspective

Oommen, Vinesh G., Brian, Mark, Komersee, Michelle A., & Stephen, David (2008) Refugee health management: An international perspective. In Diversity in Health Conference 2008 - Strengths and Sustainable Solutions, 10-12 March 2008, Sydney, N.S.W.


In an era of uncertainty, a sudden war can bring disastrous consequences to any country where by an inflow of refugees can bring about a health crisis and social problems. Many healthcare systems in the world are neither designed nor prepared for such a calamity. It is no wonder that some say that wars are not respecters of international boundaries and occur at the least unexpected time.

The Persian Gulf War that lasted for a year (1990-1991) between Iraq and the rest of the coalition force countries brought a huge economic burden on many countries. One of the main reasons for this was the vast amount of people that fled from Iraq due to the consequences of war to the neighbouring countries. It was estimated that about 1.5 million people fled Iraq during this war to neighbouring countries.

The aim of this manuscript is to explain the various systems that were put in place by the World Health Organisation during the Persian Gulf War to help people integrate into the various communities and cultures of various countries where they had sought asylum. A breakdown of the various components that make up an effective system to deal with such situations will be outlined. In conclusion, the manuscript will give an example of a case study, which demonstrates that it is possible to promote the health and well being of refugees if appropriate components are used.

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ID Code: 12871
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: refugee, health disaster health promotion
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The authors)
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 06 May 2016 04:35

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