This research provides necessary information on the mental health (specifically major depressive disorder or MDD) of refugees from Syria, as this information has not been collected or analyzed thoroughly as of yet. The researchers surveyed 135 Syrian refugees in a camp in Greece, specifically screening for MDD. The authors found that 44% of participants had symptoms of major depression. They found that women had an increased likelihood of MDD, and that time spent in the camp had a trend towards increased risk of depression.
September 2019 saw the launch of the BMJ’s migration health series, developed in collaboration with the Migration Health and Development Research Network (MHADRI) and the United Nations Migration agency. It aims to provide insights and perspectives by migrants and refugee communities, government authorities, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, civil society and industry groups in the issues, challenges and complexities in advancing migration health at national, regional and global levels.
A Delphi will be conducted among MHADRI members, aiming to identify key research priorities and research questions on migration and health at subnational, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels.
In this paper, the authors determine the causes of undernutrition in children of migrant construction workers in Ahmedabad, India. The work builds on a UNICEF framework of undernutrition (shown in featured image), focusing specifically on the middle level of underlying causes.
Along with other partners, MHADRI participated in a high-level South African and regional policy roundtable held in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2019. This briefing outlines the key recommendations from the discussion.
Seeking to raise awareness of the health threats faced by migrants and refugees and to promote research, service and policy innovation in this area, the editors of PLOS Medicine are planning a Special Issue on the topic to be published in March 2020. Submissions are due 4th November 2019.