WHO takes action to promote the health of refugees and migrants

The Lancet
May 18, 2019 Volume 393Number 10185p2009-2098, e40

 

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WHO takes action to promote the health of refugees and migrants
Lawrence O Gostin, Ibrahim Abubakar, Ranieri Guerra, Sabina F Rashid, Eric A Friedman,
Zsuzsanna Jakab
Migration is a defining issue of our time.1 There are 1 billion migrants globally, of whom 258 million have crossed borders. 2 Climate change and political instability propel ever-greater displacement, with major detriments to health. 3 Policies that fail to prevent human trafficking or guarantee essential services to migrants undermine universal health coverage (UHC) and the global pledge in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind”. The World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 20–28, 2019, should adopt, and robustly implement, WHO’s Global Action Plan on Promoting the Health of Refugees and Migrants, 2019–2013 (GAP).