Universal health coverage for refugees and migrants in the twenty-first century

Ibrahim Abubakar*, Alimuddin Zumla

*Corresponding author for this work

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Migration is a determinant of health. Tackling the health needs of migrants and refugees will require action at the local, national, and global levels. Over the past 12 months, BMC Medicine has published a collection of articles under the title Migrant and Refugee Health (https://www.biomedcentral.com/collections/migrant-and-refugee-health) addressing a range of health issues affecting refugees and migrants in their countries of origin, on transit, and in their destination countries. In light of these articles, we herein discuss the complex and wide-ranging healthcare needs of different refugee groups in their destination countries as well as the need for accessible and culturally appropriate health services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number216
JournalBMC Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
IA and AZ are in receipt of an NIHR Senior Investigators award and EDCTP grant PANDORA-ID-NET. IA also acknowledges funding from the European Union’s CHAFEA funded E-DETECT TB program.

Publisher Copyright:
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  • Access
  • Migrants
  • Refugees
  • Universal health care


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