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[Correspondence] No health without peace: why SDG 16 is essential for health

We live in an increasingly globalised world in which almost 34 000 people a day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.1 Refugees are increasingly moving into more traditionally stable countries, often risking their lives in the process, catalysing public health crises anew. As of 2015, more than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide; more than 20 million of them since 2011.2 The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), established in 1949, provides humanitarian assistance through education, health-care, and relief and social services, to some 5 million Palestine refugees alone in Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza, the West Bank, and Syria.

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