Communicable disease among displaced Afghans

Refuge without shelter

Alefiyah Rajabali, Omer Moin, Amna S. Ansari, Mohammad R. Khanani, Syed H. Ali

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Abstract

More than 23 years of warfare in Afghanistan has caused over 6 million Afghans to seek asylum in approximately 70 different countries, with most Afghan refugees settling in the developing countries of Pakistan and Iran. In a developing host country, poor sanitation and nutrition, overcrowding and inaccessibility to health care facilities act synergistically to influence morbidity and mortality from infectious disease in the refugee population. In this Science and Society article we discuss the prevalence of transmissible infection, modes of transmission, associated risk factors, and the state of health and health care in the displaced Afghan population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-614
Number of pages6
JournalNature Reviews Microbiology
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Refugees
Developing Countries
Communicable Diseases
Delivery of Health Care
Afghanistan
Infectious Disease Transmission
Sanitation
Health Facilities
Pakistan
Iran
Population
Morbidity
Mortality
Health
Warfare

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  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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Communicable disease among displaced Afghans : Refuge without shelter. / Rajabali, Alefiyah; Moin, Omer; Ansari, Amna S.; Khanani, Mohammad R.; Ali, Syed H.

In: Nature Reviews Microbiology, Vol. 7, No. 8, 2009, p. 609-614.

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Rajabali, Alefiyah ; Moin, Omer ; Ansari, Amna S. ; Khanani, Mohammad R. ; Ali, Syed H. / Communicable disease among displaced Afghans : Refuge without shelter. In: Nature Reviews Microbiology. 2009 ; Vol. 7, No. 8. pp. 609-614.
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