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Forced Migration and Under-five Mortality: A Comparison of Refugees and Hosts in North-western Uganda and Southern Sudan

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Millions of people around the world live as displaced persons, often for lengthy periods of time. Little, however, is known about the correlates of health outcomes in displaced populations. This research article used data from north-western Uganda and southern Sudan to understand if and how forced migration and resulting residential arrangements impact under-five mortality for long-term displaced and corresponding host populations. Multivariate logistic regression revealed that over the long-run forced migration and residential arrangement did not significantly impact under-five mortality.


Dans le monde, il existe des millions de personnes déplacées, souvent pour de longues périodes de temps. On connaît peu de choses cependant sur les effets de ces mouvements sur la santé des populations concernées. Cet article s’appuie sur des données du nord-ouest de l’Ouganda et du sud du Soudan pour comprendre si la migration forcée et les conditions d’habitat qu’elle impose ont un effet sur la mortalité en-dessous de 5 ans dans les populations déplacées et dans les populations d’accueil. Grâce à une régression logistique multivariée, on constate que ces facteurs n’ont pas d’effet significatif sur la mortalité infanto-juvénile.

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Correspondence to Kavita Singh.

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The authors wish to thank the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Hewlett and Andrew Mellon Foundations and The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The research for this article was carried out while the primary and secondary authors were students at The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Singh, K., Karunakara, U., Burnham, G. and Hill, K., 2005, Forced Migration and Under-five Mortality: A Comparison of Refugees and Hosts in North-western Uganda and Southern Sudan, European Journal of Population.

Singh, K., Karunakara, U., Burnham, G. et Hill, K., 2005, Migrations forcées et mortalité infanto-juvénile : comparaison des réfugiés et des populations d’accueil dans le nord-ouest de l’Ouganda et le sud du Soudan, Revue Européenne de Démographie

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Singh, K., Karunakara, U., Burnham, G. et al. Forced Migration and Under-five Mortality: A Comparison of Refugees and Hosts in North-western Uganda and Southern Sudan. Eur J Population 21, 247–270 (2005).

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