Syrian refugees

Non-communicable diseases in refugee-hosting countries

The Syrian population is the largest refugee population in the world. Many of these refugees live in Turkey, which is the country that has welcomed the biggest amount of them. As refugees, Syrians have access to all basic social services, including healthcare services, but they still encounter many challenges. While Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)- especially Diabetes Mellitus type II and hypertension – are the leading burden of disease for Syrians, the turkish health system focuses on infectious diseases. The integration of a new framework in their healthcare system with a baseline profile of the NCDs is crucially needed.

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