According to the 2021 report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 82.4 million people were forcibly displaced because of violence, wars, or persecution and over 26.4 million are currently living with refugee status. Displacement and resettlement trauma are associated with chronic disease onset and poor cognitive, physical, and mental health outcomes for refugee populations. To mitigate some of the deleterious effects of resettlement trauma, we propose a community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP) framework that is culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and focused on the vulnerabilities of women. The purpose of this novel CBRP framework is to address health inequities among a vulnerable refugee population through program development, with a focus on: (1) active participation of the refugee community throughout all levels of program planning; (2) intersectional, gender-focused analysis of power and privilege within the community and host country aimed at reducing barriers and improving access to quality CBRP programs for women; (3) trauma-informed, team-oriented, resilience programming to improve cognitive, physical, and mental health outcomes and prevent chronic disease. This paper will also discuss the need for gender transformative interventions to address specific health inequities related to CBRP feasibility and access, cultural and social influences, acceptability, and related laws and policies.

Key Words: Refugee Health, Muslim Women, Community-based Rehabilitation Programs, Physical Activity



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