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Public health crises and Ukrainian refugees
Su, Zhaohui1; McDonnell, Dean2; Cheshmehzangi, Ali3,4; Ahmad, Junaid5; Šegalo, Sabina6; Pereira da Veiga, Claudimar7; Xiang, Yu Tao8
Source PublicationBrain, Behavior, and Immunity

Conflicts are inevitable, and so are refugees. Due to conflicts in Ukraine, the global refugee population has reached new highs. As people continue to flee Ukraine amid the ongoing pandemic in droves, their exposure to COVID-19 and infectious diseases that are common among the refugee population, such as tuberculosis, is on the rise as well. Also factoring in the fact that Ukraine has a large population living with communicable diseases like HIV and hepatitis C, along with other non-communicable conditions like diabetes and cancer, there is a pronounced need to protect these refugees and local residents from potential public health crises. In this paper, we investigate the challenges that health and government officials face in addressing refugees’ health needs and preferences. Furthermore, we discuss the imperative to provide timely and effective health services to refugees, such as psychoneuroimmunology-based interventions that could help address refugees’ multifactorial and multifaceted health needs and requirements. While conflicts are inevitable, public health crises are not. In light of the renewed imperative to safeguard shared humanity and solidify global solidarity, collaborative actions are needed to ensure fair, kind, and true public health environments are available to refugees of the current conflict and beyond.

KeywordCovid-19 Global Health Infectious Diseases Psychoneuroimmunology Refugees
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WOS Research AreaImmunology ; Neurosciences & Neurology ; Psychiatry
WOS SubjectImmunology;neurosciences;psychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000805111800001
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85130861001
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CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding AuthorSu, Zhaohui; Pereira da Veiga, Claudimar; Xiang, Yu Tao
Affiliation1.School of Public Health, Southeast University, Nanjing, 210009, China
2.Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, R93 V960, Ireland
3.Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, Zhejiang, 315100, China
4.Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, 739-8530, Japan
5.Prime Institute of Public Health, Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar, Peshawar, Warsak Road, 25160, Pakistan
6.Faculty of Health Studies, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
7.Fundação Dom Cabral – FDC, Nova Lima, Av. Princesa Diana, 760 Alphaville, Lagoa dos Ingleses, MG, 34018-006, Brazil
8.Unit of Psychiatry, Department of Public Health and Medicinal Administration; Institute of Translational Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences; Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences; Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau, Macao SAR, Macao
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences
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Su, Zhaohui,McDonnell, Dean,Cheshmehzangi, Ali,et al. Public health crises and Ukrainian refugees[J]. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity,2022,103:243-245.
APA Su, Zhaohui,McDonnell, Dean,Cheshmehzangi, Ali,Ahmad, Junaid,Šegalo, Sabina,Pereira da Veiga, Claudimar,&Xiang, Yu Tao.(2022).Public health crises and Ukrainian refugees.Brain, Behavior, and Immunity,103,243-245.
MLA Su, Zhaohui,et al."Public health crises and Ukrainian refugees".Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 103(2022):243-245.
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