Lessons Learned From Working With Displaced Youth
Available with English captions and subtitles in Spanish.
Presented by Wahab Yousafzai, MBBS, FCPS, Shifa International Hospital Islamabad.
In this talk on displaced populations, Yousafzai discusses various aspects of human displacement, including social and emotional consequences and possible interventions. Yousafzai has worked with displaced persons in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and shares his experiences.
Watch now to learn more about:
- The challenges faced by displaced persons
- Why displaced youth are especially vulnerable to mental health issues
- How clinicians can help refugees and displaced persons
By the end of 2021, at least 89.3 million people around the world had been displaced. Of these, 53.2 million are internally displaced persons (IDPs), 27.1 million are refugees, and 4.6 million are asylum seekers. Forty one percent of all displaced people are children.
Yousafzai outlines the challenges faced by displaced persons. He also discusses issues within the provider network, which include a scarcity of mental health professionals and a lack of meaningful research initiatives.
He points out that almost half of the population of Afghanistan is experiencing psychological distress. Pakistan hosts approximately 1.6 million Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban’s most recent takeover of the country.
Pakistan also faces a current crisis. One third of the country is flooded. “This has created a looming mental health crisis in the country,” according to Yousafzai. Thirty-nine million people in Pakistan are affected, two-thirds of whom are children.