Understanding the health needs of internally displaced persons: A scoping review

J Migr Health. 2021 Oct 29:4:100071. doi: 10.1016/j.jmh.2021.100071. eCollection 2021.


We seek to strengthen understanding of the health needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in contexts of conflict or violence. Based upon a scoping review, our paper identified limited evidence on IDP health, but nevertheless indicates that IDPs tend to experience worse health outcomes than other conflict-affected populations across a range of health issues; and this is due to the particularly vulnerable situation of IDPs relative to these other populations, including reduced access to health services. Further research is required to better understand these needs and the interventions that can most effectively address these needs.

Keywords: Conflict; Health; IDPs; Internal displacement; Internally displaced persons.