A systematic review of refugee women’s reproductive health

Added August 4, 2016

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There is a lack of evidence on how best to identify and deter negative reproductive health outcomes of resettling refugee women, associated with their migration experience, in comparison to their non-refugee counterparts.

Refugee women experience numerous challenges to their health whilst in transit or in camps; differing opinions of the impact of migration on family planning and fertility are reported in the literature. The objective of this systematic review was to determine differences in reproductive health status between refugee women in countries of resettlement and their non- refugee counterparts. Because the evidence is largely derived from primary population based studies of varying methodologies and quality, there remains a need for high quality population based studies of refugee women of variable backgrounds comparing their health experiences to those of non-refugee counterparts, to guide informed clinical and policy decision making.