Little is known about how resettlement impacts health of refugees in Europe, and more specifically, which factors contribute to physical and mental health improvements of refugees after resettling in a West European country. In the Netherlands, the practical situation for refugees changes dramatically at the moment of getting a residence status. In which way do those important changes affect the mental and general health of refugees after resettlement in Dutch municipalities? This study tried to fill the gap in evidence on the course of health and health care utilisation after resettlement.
Ensuring the health of African communities affected by emergencies and disasters, through Disaster Risk Management for health
In 2012, almost half of all the countries in SSA were burdened by one or more disasters, affecting millions of people, displacing hundreds of thousands, making tens of thousands severely ill and killing thousands. The WHO African Region developed a strategy for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). DRM for health should be multi-sectoral and involving a wide range of partners and stakeholders even outside the health sector, to ensure that health services are not disrupted during a disaster. The African Regional strategy is accompanied by technical documents and tools for facilitating the appropriate implementation of DRM in the Region which are discussed here.
The issue of climate change and displacement is a pressing one, with little specific public health studies to date on the topic. The loss of human life and significant human displacement as a result of violent conflict and environmental insecurity in Sudan and South Sudan is one such example of the detrimental impacts of climate change. This article will highlight the impact of climate change in Sudan and South Sudan through a discussion of the impact of climate change on displacement.
Displaced, homeless and abused: The dynamics of sexual and physical abuses of homeless Zimbabweans in South Africa.
A study has been conducted among homeless Zimbabwean refugees in Polokwane, to assess the nature of sexual/physical and gender-based abuse (SPGBV) experienced by them and to see who are the perpetrators. The study showed that rape and sexual harassments were common and perpetrators were mainly border and police officers. More findings, their implications and recommendations are discussed in the article.
JuPHASA is the brainchild of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). It’s a group of students and young people from multidisciplinary fields and universities who advocate for a healthier South Africa.
Call for Applications: Service Provider to Conduct External Evaluation of the Rural Health Advocacy Project
The Rural Health Advocacy Project is calling for applications by service providers to conduct an external evaluation of its work since inception but with an emphasis on the past 2,5 years (January 2012 – August 2014).
The Medical Director is expected to lead PIVOT’s medical programs in rural Madagascar.
ANFASA, the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of South Africa, announces the eighth round of the grant scheme for authors of general non-fiction, academic and educational works.
Applicants are invited for a Research Associate position that provides a unique opportunity for a researcher to participate in research specific to health economic evaluations.
PHASA is a full member of the WFPHA, and supports this statement focussing on mobilizing public health resources and revitalizing primary health care for a sustainable response to the public health emergencies.