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Harp Mental Health and Well-being Resource - website for health professionals involved in assisting asylum seekers and refugees

Refugees have a number of health problems, and victims of torture will have specific additional problems.

Series of background articles

By A. Burnett and M. Peel. Asylum seekers and refugees in Britain (a series of three articles). British Medical Journal 2001;322:485-488 (24 February); 544-547 (3 March); and 606-609 (10 March).
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Examining Asylum Seekers: A Physician's Guide to Medical and Psychological Evaluations of Torture (US)

The manual includes an overview of political asylum law and procedure in the United States, explains the physician's role in verifying signs and symptoms consistent with torture, and reviews components of appropriate written and oral medical testimony. It also includes a number of sample medical and psychological affidavits from real asylum cases. The manual is designed to be a resource for newcomers to asylum evaluations as well as experienced evaluators with questions on specific issues.

Link [Last update: 2006-01-13; 12:58]

Skin camouflage service

British Red Cross provides a free skin camouflage service for men, women and children through a medical referral from a consultant or GP. This service is available nationally in the Dermatology Department of hospitals, in GP surgeries, or in branch offices. Please contact your local British Red Cross Branch for further information - you can find the details in the Where we are section.

Link [Last update: 2006-01-13; 12:59]

Interviewing victims of torture: the Istanbul Protocol

The Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. There are a number of important background issues, including the use of interpreters and awareness of gender concerns plus special provision must be made for unaccompanied children.

Link [Last update: 2006-01-13; 12:59]

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