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Recognizing health as a human right for refugees and migrants

Recognizing health as a human right for refugees and migrants

Recognizing health as a human right for refugees and migrants

25 September 2016 – War, conflict and persecution have forced millions of people to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere. As of 2015, there were 250 million international migrants, of which 150 million are migrant workers. Also affected are particularly vulnerable groups of refugees (21.3 million) and internally displaced persons (40.8 million). Of these, 9.1 million refugees and 21 internally displaced persons (IDPs) originate from the Eastern Mediterranean Region, which carries the largest burden of refugees and IDPs globally.

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Somalia: Two years polio-free

Somalia: Two years polio-free

Somalia: Two years polio-free

18 September 2016 - In August 2016 Somalia marked two years since its last case of wild poliovirus, a child from Hobyo District of Mudug region who was paralyzed on 11 August 2014. Since then, no new cases of wild poliovirus have been reported. This major achievement was made possible as a result of intensive collaboration between the Somali Health Authorities, WHO and UNICEF, working with regional and zonal polio eradication officers and a network of hundreds of Village Polio Volunteers (VPV) at the community level across the country.

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#ProtectHealthWorkers: stop the attacks on health care in Syria

A bloody waiting room following attack on a health facility

#ProtectHealthWorkers: stop the attacks on health care in Syria

18 August 2016 – #ProtectHealthWorkers is a campaign by WHO focusing on health workers and health facilities, highlighting the challenges and risks they face every day, and monitoring their safety, making sure they remain protected and unharmed. Syria is now the most dangerous country in the world for health workers. The number of attacks on hospitals and health centres has not gone down in spite of international attention – this year they have gone up.

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