Global Health Ethical Challenges About Refugees

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As a consequence of the long-standing military conflicts between Israel and Egypt, refugees have been flushing across the border line since 2006. In this report, the author revealed several important global health ethical challenges about refugees by sharing the experiences at an African Refugee Clinic in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to the author, most refugees have experienced significant trauma prior to their migrating to Israeli, such as “sexual assault, kidnapping, torture and slavery”. After fleeing into Israel, poor living condition and infrastructure force refugees to seek financial betterment; however, they can barely get working permission, which increases the risk of crime. They carry with severe health conditions such as TB, HIV, schistosomiasis, malaria and other infectious diseases which require intensive, prolonged and expensive care and treatment; however, Israel only provides free HIV and TB care and universal health care benefit package for its legal residents but not for migrants, which will exacerbate these miserable migrants’ health conditions and cause serious complications, infections and deaths. The author emphasizes the health care providers’ lack of awareness of refugees and ignorant attitudes towards this group of population. The African refugee clinic mentioned in this paper is well-funded by the Ministry of Health with paid staff, expanded services and improved infrastructure, but healthcare decisions are based on available resources rather than

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