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Global Community Must Ensure Access To Health Care For Refugees, Displaced People

Huffington Post: The right to health for everyone, no matter where people live or travel
Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general for family, women’s and children’s health at the WHO, and vice chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“…[W]hat can be done to empower women, children, and adolescents — whether refugees or asylum-seekers — to access the health care and protection they need? First, the international community and receiving countries must face up to their responsibilities and obligations under international law, echoed in political commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). … Second, all countries and humanitarian partners should deploy the Minimum Initial Service Package for reproductive health during emergencies. … Third, countries need to develop strong and resilient health systems that are accessible to all populations within their jurisdiction, including refugees, asylum-seekers, and other forcibly displaced populations. … As we mark World Refugee Day, let us live up to the commitment to ensure the right to health applies equally to every human being, whatever their circumstances…” (6/20).

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