Displacement and Women's Health in the Republic of Georgia

Khatuna Doliashvili, University of Texas at Austin

Displaced population differs from the resident, native-born population in culture, language, demographic and socio-economic characteristics, but at the same time these groups have much in common. The fact to understand these differences and commonalities will help to provide better health care to the millions of women who move from one place to another. The health study among displaced populations in the Republic of Georgia actually requires comparison of three distinct groups: internally displaced persons (IDP), migrants and native-born populations. Analysis obtained from the national 1999-2000 Georgian Reproductive Health Survey on the differentials in reproductive health practices among defined population groups indicates that migrant origin is associated with increased practice and prevalence regarding STDs test and diagnose, then IDPs and non-migrant. The model difference regarding health practice and prevalence contributes to our understanding of the health care needs and provides motivation for further examination of special service needs of displaced population.

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Presented in Poster Session 4: Migration, Income, Employment, Neighborhoods and Residential Context