Healthy migrants in healthy communities

The health of migrants and migration-affect communities is a growing concern worldwide and has become a public health issue faced by many governments and societies. The process of migration can create multiple health risks, including increased vulnerability to communicable diseases (sexually transmitted infections including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, measles, etc.), mental health issues, occupational health and safety conditions, and negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes. However, existing interventions often fail to consider the impact of the conditions surrounding the migration process, which exposes migrants and those they interact with to various risks that make them vulnerable to ill health. In response, IOM is working with governmental and non-governmental partners in East and Southern Africa to develop and implement programmes that address the health needs of individual migrants as well as the public health needs of communities affected by migration.

The Migration Health Learning Centre


About the Learning Centre

 

The Migration Health Learning Centre is a knowledge platform for migration health stakeholders. We centralize and share knowledge and information on population mobility and health themes in East and Southern Africa as well as stories and personal experiences from people affected by migration.
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Why it exists

 

The Migration Health Learning Centre aims to contribute to the global knowledge base on migration health in order to improve understanding of migration health issues and influence policy and dialogue. We do this by sharing knowledge and information on East and Southern Africa, linking communities of practice and developing knowledge networks on migration health.
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Latest


Launch of the Regional Migration and Health Strategy for Southwestern Islands of the Indian Ocean


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Engaging border officials in the promotion of migration health in Tanzania


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Burundi national radio, TV stations trained by UN migration agency


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Facts & figures


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    244 million migrants worldwide in 2015
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    12bn $/yr lost from production in Africa due to malaria
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    34 million migrants ‘from Africa' in 2015
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    33 % new TB cases linked to mining in SS Africa