Health – Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Refugees can access public or private hospitals directly without prejudice. However, some refugees with protection issues or a fear of being identified by their enemies avoid going to hospitals, even if they require treatment.

It has also been reported that some hospital staff in public hospitals discriminate against refugees by offering delayed or sub-standard service as these hospitals are normally extremely busy. In addition, those refugees living in slum areas often have greater difficulty accessing basic services as these areas are not recognised by the municipal authorities.

The refugee community would benefit from greater awareness of common health problems and how they can be mitigated.