April 12, 2022
Title 42’s Harmful Impact on the Health and Safety of Migrants
Turkey is one of the largest refugee-hosting countries in the world with nearly 4 million registered Syrian refugees and another 320,000 registered non-Syrian migrants and asylum seekers. Migrants and refugees living in rural areas have little to no access to healthcare services due to distance, financial constraints, and lack of information on available services.
With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, MdM Turkey’s medical team provides health sessions to populations living in refugee camps. The goal is to educate and raise awareness about health issues including COVID-19, infectious and respiratory diseases, and sexual and reproductive health.
In the past 5 years, more than 20,000 refugees have participated in our sessions where they learned about:
– General hygiene and feeding practices
– New-born care and family planning
– Pregnancy care before and after delivery
– Importance of breastfeeding
– Women specific diseases, including breast and cervical cancer, and cancer screening
Thereby MdM Turkey can provide a safe environment for populations affected by armed conflict, natural disasters, disease, poverty, and exclusion, and facilitate their access to healthcare.
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