Migration Health Research Podcast No. 9 (Migration Health Research Bulletin #22) 
Violina Nazaria, Project Coordinator based in IOM Chisinau, discusses the challenges in accessing health care and social services faced by trafficked persons in Moldova. Haley West, Migration Health Senior Programme Officer in Health in Emergencies based in IOM Headquarters talks about the importance and utility of IOM’s health border and mobility management framework.



The Health, Border and Mobility Management (HBMM) Framework articulates IOM’s strategic role and objectives in the prevention, detection, and response to communicable diseases in the context of widespread and multi-directional human mobility. It provides an action framework for IOM to undertake activities related to health, border, and mobility management and serves as a reference for the IOM Member States and partners to understand the Organization’s role and contributions in this area of work. 

The overarching aim of the HBMM Framework is to ensure that:
1) Governments and communities have the capacity to address the mobility dimensions of public health threats. 
2) Affected and at-risk populations benefit from appropriate and timely support, through inclusive and rights-based approaches that leave no one behind. 

IOM plays a leading role in supporting governments and communities to build health systems that are responsive to the needs of migrants and mobile populations and equipped to address public health concerns along the mobility continuum. In particular, by bringing a deeper understanding of mobility dynamics, IOM facilitates targeted and evidence-informed approaches to communicable disease preparedness, response, and recovery, within and across borders, in line with the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR) and, more broadly, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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