The GRHRN is a response to the need to address serious health consequences for people displaced due to war, poverty, political instability, human-rights violations and environmental factors, who find themselves living as refugees. Pressing issues around refugee health needs include: adolescent sexual and reproductive health; women’s health; trauma and psychosocial health and wellbeing; and the policy context for refugee health.
Refugee populations’ health can be affected by factors including the migration process itself, their social and legal status in destination countries, the length of their stay, and their language skills. But, despite recommendations – by the Global Forum on Migration and Development, for example – to develop cost-effective healthcare models for various migration scenarios, little has been done so far.
Among the GRHRN’s aims are to:
- Develop a shared understanding among network members of refugee health challenges and required responses
- Create a framework for placing health as a human right in the migration–development debate
- Provide opportunities for partners and stakeholders to exchange information, access resources, and share insights in responding to the health needs of refugees, to shape new policy and practice
- Foster an informed discussion on emerging issues in refugee health and explore ways through which health systems can be strengthened for health promotion of refugees
- Develop an inter-disciplinary, cross-national research agenda for refugee health, promote and facilitate joint research in this field, and help disseminate research findings through workshops/seminars and joint publications