There are more than a quarter of a billion international migrants, and the number of refugees and people displaced by war and conflict, natural disasters, and climate change is at the highest levels ever recorded.
Health needs escalate in a humanitarian crisis as people often lose access to the medications, facilities, and services they need, such as contraception or antenatal care. Population displacement also increases the risk of exploitation and sexual violence, leading to injury, infection, unwanted pregnancy, and psychological trauma.
FIGO advocates for increased focus on the health and wellbeing of refugee and migrant women and girls, recognising that their specific health needs do not change when they are displaced.
In a world of increasing migration, including in the healthcare community itself, FIGO is committed to ensuring that the challenges of health equity faced by women in the refugee crisis are addressed.