World Bank Expert Examines Challenges Of Providing Health Care To Syrian Refugees
Brookings Institution’s “Future Development”: The challenges in providing health care to Syrian refugees
Omer Karasapan, regional knowledge and learning coordinator at the World Bank, discusses the challenges in providing health care to Syrian refugees. Karasapan writes, “In host countries, [refugees] often face poor housing and sanitary environments, difficult labor conditions, inadequate nutrition, and inaccessible medical care. … Negative coping mechanisms such as child labor, child marriages, etc. add to the burdens facing refugees, preparing the ground for intergenerational transmission of vulnerabilities. … In all three host countries [– Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey –] economic headwinds signal further problems for the health of refugees” (11/15).