Refugee Health Care in Humanitarian Crisis Settings – An International Workshop

Edinburgh, Scotland
July 4, 2019 - July 5, 2019

About the event

Drawing on the findings from an ongoing study on the Quality of Care of Reproductive Health Services for Adolescent Urban Refugees in Uganda and Jordan (funded by the Scottish Funding Council-Global Challenges Research Fund), Dr George Palattiyil from the University of Edinburgh is organizing a workshop on Refugee Health Care in Humanitarian Crisis Settings on July 4-5, 2019 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The workshop that is being held at the University of Edinburgh aims to provide an opportunity to present key findings from the above study and to deliberate on the wider context of refugee health in humanitarian crisis settings.

For further information, please contact Dr George Palattiyil, email:

The above research aims to develop baseline data on access to and quality of care (QoC) of reproductive health (RH) services for adolescent refugees in urban settings in Uganda (Kampala) and Jordan (Amman and Irbid). Adolescents’ reproductive health (RH) is a priority for the international community, however there is a paucity of evidence outside of camp-based RH services. Adolescents in urban settings have limited access to services and face specific RH risks. Adolescents face specific vulnerabilities during displacement, and they suffer damage to support networks as well as intersectional discrimination and interrupted education. Improving access to and quality of care (QoC) of RH services is vital in order that they can play a fuller role in the economic development of the host countries.

Drawing on qualitative methods, the research explores adolescent refugees’ specific needs, vulnerabilities, cultural barriers, psycho-social needs and sources of resilience and how these impact on access to, and satisfaction with, existing reproductive health services in urban settings in Jordan and Uganda.

The study is being conducted in close collaboration with partners from Makerere University, Uganda and InterAid Uganda and Aman Jordanian Association and Yarmouk University, Jordan; and has the support of Department of Refugees, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda; and Higher Population Council, Government of Jordan.