From: Delegate of Bangladesh and India
Health and Education, two most important aspects in anyone’s life, including refugees
The right to health is a fundamental human right for all, including refugees. Good health is an essential requirement for refugees to be able to rebuild their lives. Yet years or decades of forced displacement can take a significant toll on an individual’s health and wellbeing. Good health is an essential requirement for refugees to be able to rebuild their lives. Yet years or decades of forced displacement can take a significant toll on an individual’s health and wellbeing.
• Help refugees access health services through existing national health systems. Advocate for refugee healthcare inclusion directly with governments, NGOs, local partners, and communities. Fund and supply medicines and equipment to national health systems or partners to provide primary and secondary healthcare services.
• Provide technical guidance, training, and essential medicines for treating refugees with mental health and neurological conditions advocate for mental health screenings in primary healthcare visits. Weave psychosocial support into health, protection, education, and sports programming.
• Provide guidance and training on maternal and newborn care, contraception, and family planning. Guide and build clinical care capacity for survivors of rape and intimate partner violence and support HIV management.
• Build water supply and treatment systems to ensure enough safe drinking water.
Refugees Health during Covid-19
The novel coronavirus pandemic is the greatest refugee health crisis the world has faced in over a century.
And while everyone is at risk of contracting the virus, refugees are among the most vulnerable, because they often live-in overcrowded settings with sub-optimal access to hygiene and sanitation facilities, soap and other means to protect themselves.
• Refugees should be given access to the COVID-19 vaccines when they become available in host countries.
• Create health promotion audio and visual materials that are tailored to refugee populations. Consider featuring trusted members of the community. Create materials in different languages that are appropriate for a variety of cultures and literacy levels. Disseminate information through various channels, including via messaging apps, local radio stations, and social media, based on what is appropriate for local refugee groups.
• Distributing essential medicines and supplies. Distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) for health staff (surgical masks, N95 masks, goggles, gowns, gloves), disinfectants, supplies to manage medical waste, laboratory supplies, medicines, and medical equipment for case management.
Education is a basic human right, enshrined in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1951 Refugee Convention. Education is not just a human right but a tool for development. It protects the population from exploitation and helps to pave their way into employment. Education protects refugee children and youth from forced recruitment into armed groups, child labour, sexual exploitation, and child marriage. Education also strengthens community resilience. Education empowers by giving refugees the knowledge and skills to live productive, fulfilling, and independent lives. Education enlightens refugees, enabling them to learn about themselves and the world around them, while striving to rebuild their lives and communities.
• Reservation: Reservation for underprivileged students and below poverty line exists, similarly, there shall be reservations for refugees.
• Scholarships: Colleges and schools shall provide scholarships and confirm placements. This will foster more employment and eventually will add to the overall growth of the country.
• Public Schools should take admission of refugees and can’t deny them.
• Government colleges and schools should have free or affordable and accessible education for refugees.
Delegate of Bangladesh and India
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