Refugee oral health promotion and care project
Some of the most vulnerable people in the world today are those who have been forcibly displaced in the world`s conflict zones. The scale of global forced displacement is increasing worldwide. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of the year 2017 68.5 million individuals had been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, armed conflict, generalized violence, natural disasters, famine, and economic changes. Over 25 million of them were refugees, 40 million were displaced internally and 3 million were asylum-seekers1.
The needs of refugees exist in a complex environment, thus, developing a unified approach to deal with all cases of refugees worldwide is a complex task. Refugees usually have limited access to both therapeutic dental care and preventive services. Barriers to dental care among refugees vary and may include treatment costs, lack of dentists and dental insurance, low oral health literacy, language, and other cultural and psychological barriers.