The impact of displacement on the social, economic and health situation on a sample of internally displaced families in Anbar Province, Iraq


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Saad Ahmed Ali Jadoo Yaseen Taha Sarhan Mustafa Ali Mustafa Al-Samarrai Mahasin Ali Al-Taha Ban Nadhum AL- Any Ahmed Khalaf Soofi Badeaa Thamer Yahyaa Ru’ya Abdulhadi Al-Rawi

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Abstract

Background:


Internally displaced people in Iraq are still suffering because the solutions were not radical. This study aims to assess the impact of displacement on the socio-economic, well-being and mental health status of internally displaced families in Anbar province, Iraq.


Methods:


A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from 3rd to 17th April 2017. Data was collected using a universal sampling technique. A total of 355 households interviewed with a modified questionnaire consisting of 26 close-ended questions related to the socio-economic, demographic, wellbeing and the mental health characteristics.


Results:


At the time of the study, about 55.5% of the surveyed displaced families have not returned home yet. Big families of more than seven members (59.4%) and residency in renting houses (82.8%) are two variables that may contribute to an economic burden. Mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety spread among 62.3% of surveyed families. Significant rise in chronic diseases from 64 (18.0%) cases before displacement to 102 cases (28.7%) after displacement. Few of them (21.6%) were able to access public health services. People who experienced violence are verbally abused at 52.1%. Lack of the services (50.3%), the inability to repair the destroyed houses (26.4%) and the loss of house due to complete destruction (23.3%) were the significant factors inhibited families to return home back.


Conclusion:


Our findings indicate the need for urgent and strategic plans to improve the quality of logistics, health and infrastructure services to motivate the displaced families to return back to their homes.



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Ali Jadoo SA, Sarhan Y, Al-Samarrai M, Al-Taha M, AL- Any B, Soofi A, Yahyaa B, Al-Rawi R. The impact of displacement on the social, economic and health situation on a sample of internally displaced families in Anbar Province, Iraq. jidhealth [Internet]. 8May2019 [cited 21Sep.2019];2(1):56-9. Available from: https://jidhealth.com/index.php/jidhealth/article/view/16
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