Refugee Crisis and Health Care System in Turkey: Current Status and Challenges


Refugee Crisis and Health Care System in Turkey: Current Status and Challenges

Wednesday  24th January

12:45 to 2 pm

Jerry Morris B, 15-17 Tavistock Place



The health response for conflict affected people has been a major public health concern in Turkey since the outbreak of Syrian Crisis. The updated figures show that Turkey is hosting over 3.4 million refugees and only 10% of them live in the camp settings where basic needs, health and education services are provided. Despite services that cover registered refugees living in cities, their access is hampered by many factors like frequent relocations, registration problems and language barriers. This seminar will provide a general outlook of the health care system in Turkey and the role of community health centres and public health specialists in terms of the provision of health services for refugees. Future research needs addressing refugee health issues and potential areas for collaboration will also be discussed in the final part of the seminar.


Özge Yavuz Sarı is a medical doctor and public health specialist from the Public Health Department of Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey. She is currently working at a Community Health Centre in the Ministry of Health. Her main interests are disaster medicine issues, investigating health needs and organising service provision for vulnerable populations, especially people affected and disadvantaged by the humanitarian crises in Syria and Northern Iraq. She is also a trainer for the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in Crisis Situations Programme of UNFPA and a member of the National Working Group of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Conditions of Emergency and Disaster.