Current Tropical Medicine Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 96–103 | Cite as

Migrating Children: The Need for Comprehensive Integrated Health Prevention Measures

  • Padma Swamy
  • Eric A. Russell
  • Anna M. Mandalakas
  • Marsha R. Griffin
Pediatric Global Health (D Nguyen and A Mandalakas, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Pediatric Global Health


Purpose of the Review

Millions of children have migrated across borders with more than half of these children fleeing violence. The purpose of this review is to highlight the health issues that these children face. While the amount of sheer trauma that these children experience is astounding, there are policies and clinical models that could be developed and implemented to improve the health and well-being of these children.

Recent Findings

Community-based clinical models that provide culturally sensitive health care with links to mental health, legal services, and language services are one way to mitigate the effects of the health inequities that immigrant children and their families face.


A more comprehensive understanding of the effect of resiliency in these children would help to inform interventional programs that could promote resiliency and improve long-term outcomes. As institutional, local, national, and international policy decisions affect the health of migrating children, policies at every level should include provisions for children.


Immigrant children Migrant children Refugee Mental health Access to care Global health 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Padma Swamy
    • 1
  • Eric A. Russell
    • 1
  • Anna M. Mandalakas
    • 1
  • Marsha R. Griffin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of MedicineEdinburgUSA

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