The world is currently experiencing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, with more than 65 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced. These 21st century refugees come from diverse backgrounds and present with unique health systems challenges. Some entire communities have lived for years in refugee camps with temporary housing facilities, where challenges move from the acute crises related to food, sanitation, and infectious diseases to longer-term challenges of noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer.
The lack of appropriate infrastructure and the ability to deploy it safely has left millions of refugees without access to curative and palliative treatment of cancer. These inequities result in needless suffering and mortality, creating an enormous societal and economic loss, as working-age people are no longer to contribute to their family’s livelihood or to economic growth within their communities.