Healthcare Access among Internally Displaced Persons in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Investigator: Yagana Parwak, MS
Sponsor: Global Health Sciences Education

Location(s): Afghanistan

Description

Violence and Health: Healthcare Access among Internally Displaced Persons in Kabul, Afghanistan

Mentored by Dr. Rohini Haar

Forced displacement resulting from armed conflict is a significant problem for regions experiencing prolonged humanitarian crises. Afghanistan is one such country with an estimated 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), with a large concentration in the capital of Kabul. IDPs face limited resources, as well as challenges in accessing health services through traditional channels leading to disproportionate burden of disease. Recently, inconsistent funding has forced healthcare provisions within the Kabul IDP camps to close. The broader structural factors that negatively impact health and the more specific barriers to healthcare accessibility among IDPs is not well understood.