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
Early online date29 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Health and Internal Displacement Network (HIDN) results from an “Internal Displacement and Health” workshop convened in 2021 by the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK, and the Internal Displacement Research Programme . HIDN is supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund , United Kingdom Research and Innovation (grant numbers AH/T005351/1 , EP/T003227/1 and ES/P010873/1 ). We thank the participants in the workshop, network and activities for their input. Findings from an initial draft of this paper were shared in early 2021 with the United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Internal Displacement.


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


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