Migrant and Refugee Health: Rheumatic Heart Disease (Information brief)
The global refugee crisis is likely contributing to the burden of RHD and raising serious new concerns about increasing prevalence and limitations of care. Currently, an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18, when the risk of ARF is greatest.
Refugees and displaced persons from settings affected by crisis often have complex needs and an increased risk of health problems related to their journeys. Many migrants experience difficulties in access to and continuity of health care. Many refugees lack access to any health records, continuity of service or care for chronic disease. This makes identifying and managing RHD particularly difficult.
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