Understanding the health needs of internally displaced persons: A scoping review

David Cantor, Jina Swartz, Bayard Roberts, Aula Abbara, Alastair Ager, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Karl Blanchet, Derebe Madoro Bunte, John Bosco Chika Chukwuorji, Nihaya Daoud, Winifred Ekezie, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Kiran Jobanputra, Nino Makhashvili, Diana Rayes, Maria Helena Restrepo-Espinosa, Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales, Bukola Salami, James Smith

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We seek to strengthen understanding of the health needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in contexts of conflict or violence. Based upon a scoping review, our paper identified limited evidence on IDP health, but nevertheless indicates that IDPs tend to experience worse health outcomes than other conflict-affected populations across a range of health issues; and this is due to the particularly vulnerable situation of IDPs relative to these other populations, including reduced access to health services. Further research is required to better understand these needs and the interventions that can most effectively address these needs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100071
JournalJournal of Migration and Health
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Conflict
  • Health
  • IDPs
  • Internal displacement
  • Internally displaced persons


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