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Refugee Health During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Review of Global Policy Responses

Authors Lupieri S

Received 25 January 2021

Accepted for publication 22 March 2021

Published 6 April 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 1373—1378


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Carotenuto

Sigrid Lupieri

Department of Politics and International Studies, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Correspondence: Sigrid Lupieri Email [email protected]

Abstract: Refugees and displaced persons have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet findings from this narrative review reveal that the health needs of refugees have been largely neglected within global healthcare responses. Such gaps include: (1) responding to the needs of refugees in camps and detention centers; (2) providing adequate public health information; (3) providing access to healthcare and mental health services; (4) and including refugees as decision-makers within health responses. More research is urgently needed to investigate why these gaps exists and to provide recommendations for improving the inclusiveness of healthcare policies during a pandemic.

Keywords: refugees, Covid-19, pandemic, healthcare, global policy, review

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