Work Package 2


In order to identify neglected chronic health conditions associated with protracted displacement, conflict, and gendered violence, DiSoCo project partner ARQ International undertook in-depth research on the diagnosis of health conditions in transit countries and countries of resettlement. ARQ ran workshops and interviewed medical and psychosocial practitioners who have worked with displaced Congolese and Somali populations both in transit countries and resettled in the Netherlands.

This work followed a preliminary literature review which indicated that chronic health conditions that had been undiagnosed during protracted exile are often diagnosed only through screening upon resettlement or arrival in third countries.

Drawing on interviews with people with professional and/or lived experience of displacement, four key findings were made:


In uneven and shifting medical landscapes, ‘neglect’ must be considered in the context of differential health priorities and health-seeking behaviours.


Disruption to social care networks is often compounded in protracted displacement contexts.


Our respondents distinguished between overt bodily expressions of distress that are socially disruptive and more internalised expressions of distress that receive less attention.


The consequences of sexual violence may be considered as a distinct category that cuts across social withdrawal and social disruption.


Project Overview: ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre


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