In a world of 22.5 million refugees and counting, retraining displaced medical staff is a necessity, writes Vural Özdemir, MD. But the “inherently political” process has led to a patchwork of approaches, some smarter than others.

The perspective of displaced very young adolescents (VYAs) is little-understood—but tapping into these formative years is central to understanding the needs of refugees, finds new research of Somalis displaced by the 2011–2012 Horn of Africa crisis. Researchers say the…

The Rohingya refugee crisis unfolding in Bangladesh is a “public-health time-bomb,” writes MSF International President Joanne Liu.   Following a recent visit to Bangladesh, which has absorbed almost 600,000 refugees recently, Liu says yesterday’s donor pledging…

Syrian refugees in Jordan are being swiftly—and apparently arbitrarily—deported by authorities back to their war-demolished communities.

Midwives are coming to the aid of Rohingya pregnant women and new mothers in local clinics and refugee camps in Bangladesh.   The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that 16% of Rohingya women refugees ages 15–19 are pregnant or new mothers—many of whom fled to Bangladesh…

Among the refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa are scientists and researchers, whose careers and research now risk being lost. ‟We should consider those scientists a treasure,” says Abdelhamid Zuhairi, chairman of the Euro-Mediterranean University…

An EU plan to reduce the number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe misses the mark and will endanger lives, says Craig Spencer, a doctor and public health professional working onboard a search-and-rescue vessel for MSF. The plan seeks to “stem…

A government military operation launched in Congo Republic’s capital region last year has caused more than 80,000 people to flee amidst escalating violence, a joint UN and government statement reported last Friday. Aerial bombardments have aimed to quash a rebellion by an…

Q&A with Course Creators Mija-Tesse Ververs and Gilbert Burnham Noticing people in East Africa fishing with bednets intended to prevent malaria prompted Mija-Tesse Ververs, a public health expert specialized in humanitarian crises, to think about the need for all…

Around the world, a record 65 million people are displaced, according to the UNHCR’s new Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2016 report.   One small solace: Despite the record high displacement, the flow of new refugees last year slowed slightly—but UNHCR chief Filippo…