A Scoping Review of the Health of Conflict-Induced Internally Displaced Women in Africa

Show simple item record Amodu, Oluwakemi C. 2020-04-27T13:05:22Z 2020-04-27T13:05:22Z 2020-02-17
dc.identifier.citation © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland en_US
dc.identifier.issn 17(4), 1280;
dc.description.abstract Armed conflict and internal displacement of persons create new health challenges for women in Africa. To outline the research literature on this population, we conducted a review of studies exploring the health of internally displaced persons (IDP) women in Africa. In collaboration with a health research librarian and a review team, a search strategy was designed that identified 31 primary research studies with relevant evidence. Studies on the health of displaced women have been conducted in South- Central Africa, including Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and in Eastern, East central Africa, and Western Africa, including Eritrea, Uganda, and Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria. We identified violence, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and malaria and as key health areas to explore, and observed that socioeconomic power shifts play a crucial role in predisposing women to challenges in all four categories. Access to reproductive health services was influenced by knowledge, geographical proximity to health services, spousal consent, and affordability of care. As well, numerous factors affect the mental health of internally displaced women in Africa: excessive care-giving responsibilities, lack of financial and family support to help them cope, sustained experiences of violence, psychological distress, family dysfunction, and men’s chronic alcoholism. National and regional governments must recommit to institutional restructuring and improved funding allocation to culturally appropriate health interventions for displaced women. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Environmental Research and public health en_US
dc.subject Internally displaced women en_US
dc.subject Women's health en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Scoping review en_US
dc.title A Scoping Review of the Health of Conflict-Induced Internally Displaced Women in Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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