IOM assists crisis-affected populations, governments, and host communities to strengthen and re-establish primary health-care systems. As a formal partner of the World Health Organization (WHO), and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the InterAgency Standing Committee (IASC) Global Health Cluster, and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), IOM is a key player in responding to humanitarian and public health emergencies, as well as supporting health system recovery and resilience. In addition to being an essential part of IOM’s humanitarian mandate, health support in emergencies is recognized by the Organization’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) as being one of the 15 sectors of assistance to address before, during and after crises. IOM’s emergency health programming includes the provision of direct health-care services, health promotion, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), as well as outbreak preparedness and response. IOM’s health response in emergencies works in close coordination with other sectors and units, including Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), as well as Gender-based Violence (GBV) risk mitigation and response, enabling a multisectoral approach to address the health needs of vulnerable populations.
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