A Systematic Review of Refugee Women’s Reproductive Health
Keywords:forced migration, refugee women, resettled refugees, reproductive health, women's health
Resettling refugee women may be at greater risk than other women for several harmful reproductive health outcomes as a result of their migration experience. The objective of this study was to determine differences in reproductive health status between refugee women in countries of resettlement and non-refugee counterparts. A systematic review of the literature culled from five electronic databases and web searching of international agencies and academic centres focusing on refugees was conducted. Of the forty-one high quality studies identified, fourteen looked at refugees exclusively; only nine of the fourteen focused on the reproductive health of refugees; six of the nine directly compared refugee to non-refugee women’s health. There is a paucity of population-based data to support or refute claims of greater reproductive health risks for resettling refugee women.
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Copyright (c) 2002 Anita J. Gagnon, Lisa Merry, Cathlyn Robinson
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