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DGMQ stories : CDC promotes and improves the health of refugees every day

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      June 20th marks World Refugee Day, a day in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins with the rest of the world to honor the courage and resilience of the world’s refugees. Observing World Refugee Day (themed “With Courage, Let Us All Combine”) gives all of us a chance to reflect on the alarming notion that every 4.1 seconds a person is displaced from his or her homeland as a result of war, famine, or natural disaster. In 2015, close to 60 million people were forced from their homes due to conflict and disasters. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), “An unprecedented 59.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 20 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.” CDC works every day to bring hope and comfort to refugees. Two branches that are at the forefront of this effort, the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) and the Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch (IRMH), help promote and protect the health of refugees in complex humanitarian disasters and those undergoing resettlement to the United States, respectively. CS262242 world-refugee-day-2016.pdf
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