Forced displacement: health & human rights in a challenging environment

In 2016, 25.6 million people (one person in 113) had been forcibly displaced worldwide, both within national boundaries and across borders.  Not only are the numbers of those forcibly displaced increasing, but these populations are also experiencing a rise in preventable diseases, deterioration in mental health, and neglect of chronic diseases.  

This seminar aimed to provide information, challenge perceptions, and raise awareness of some of the complex issues involved in providing healthcare for forcibly displaced people globally.  A panel of experts lead an interactive discussion exploring important health issues for these populations, including provision of healthcare to populations in different migration phases and the responsiveness of receiving health care systems. Broader political and legal barriers, such as protectionist policies and legal status and restrictions were also discussed.  


  • Dr. Laura Nellums (Chair) -  Research Associate, Imperial College London
  • Dr. Natasha Howard -  Assistant Professor, Global Health & Conflict, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Susan Elden -  Senior Health Advisor, Department for International Development (DfID)
  • Anna Miller -  UK Programme Policy & Advocacy Manager, Doctors Of The World/Médécins du Monde

This seminar is part of the Global Health Advocacy series, held by the Alma Mata global health network and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

Humanitarian and conflict health
Human rights
All disorders
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