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Table 1 Summary and recommendations for policy makers

From: Discourse on malaria elimination: where do forcibly displaced persons fit in these discussions?

Key points:
1 Forcibly displaced individuals, including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), represent some of the poorest, most vulnerable populations that often lack a political and advocacy voice.
2 Of all refugees protected under the mandate of UNHCR, 67.5% are affected by malaria (approximately 7 million persons).
3 Countries affected by humanitarian emergencies and hosting displaced populations face significant obstacles in the implementation of effective malaria control and elimination strategies.
4 Rarely have displaced populations been included in national- and/or regional-level strategies.
5 Malaria control and elimination strategies require long-term political and financial commitment. Refugees, IDPs and other forcibly displaced persons run the risk of being further ignored in the current climate of decreasing global resources.
6 Equity in malaria control cannot be achieved without consideration of forcibly displaced populations.
Key recommendations:
1 Acknowledge and address the impact of forcibly displaced populations on malaria control and elimination programmes.
2 Improve surveillance, data collection and analysis to better understand the magnitude of the problem (including national and forcibly displaced populations) in order to effectively plan and implement appropriate malaria control interventions.
3 Promote the active participation and partnership of the forcibly displaced population in malaria control programming and implementation.
4 Advocate for the forcibly displaced populations to improve equity when developing national- and regional-level strategies.