According to the latest figures of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), some 110 million people were on the run in 2022. This is the highest number recorded. Displaced individuals remain among the most vulnerable members of society and their health needs are often neglected. Many of them undertake long, exhausting journeys with inadequate access to food and water, sanitation, and other basic services, increasing their risk of getting sick. Crowded living conditions in refugee camps also contribute to the spread of communicable diseases. When people are on the run, it is especially maternal and child health that suffers due to limited access to specialized care. In addition, malnutrition is prevalent among the displaced, particularly children, because of food insecurity and inadequate nutrition. However, flight not only affects physical health, but also mental health and well-being as refugees frequently experience trauma, depression, and anxiety.
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, June 20th 2023, we are launching a digital campaign under the title „ On the run: Health must not be left behind “. With this campaign, we want to raise awareness about everyone ‘s right - regardless of their circumstances - to health and access to people-centered and high-quality health services.
More information about our campaign "On the run: Health must not be left behind"