Priority Health Conditions

Somali refugees have been resettled for many years in communities across the United States. The information in this refugee health profile is intended to help resettlement agencies, clinicians, and public health providers understand the health issues of greatest interest or concern pertaining to Somali refugee populations in the United States, as well as their cultural background and circumstances of their displacement.

The health conditions listed below are considered priority health conditions in caring for and assisting Somali refugees. This combination of health conditions represents a distinct health burden for the Somali refugee population.

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)
  • Lead toxicity
  • Schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis
  • Viral hepatitides (hepatitis B and C)