Burmese Refugee Health Profile
Non-communicable diseases are understudied and poorly documented among the Burmese. Chronic hepatitis B infection is present in approximately 15% of the Burmese population, and oral health problems are common5. Domestic screening of resettled refugees from Myanmar in 2009, showed that 13% of children had an elevated blood lead level (EBLL), compared with 1% of all children in the United States10. Risk factors for EBLL among refugees resettled to the United States include: living in older homes with lead hazards; cultural practices involving traditional medicines; compromised nutritional status; and, lack of education about lead poisoning11.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Background on Potential Health Issues for Burmese Refugees. 2010 [cited 2011 June 24]; Available from: www.globalhealth.govExternal
- Mitchell, T., et al., Elevated Blood Lead Levels among Children in Refugee Camps Mae La, Umpiem, and Nupo. 2009, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Refugee Camps, Tak Province, Thailand.
- New York State Department of Health, Working with Refugees from Myanmar to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning. 2010.