The Migration, Health and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI) is a global network that brings together people researching the linkages between migration and health. The MHADRI network aims to develop an international community of practice focused on the generation of quality, ethical, and rights-based research to inform the development of policy and programming to improve the health and wellbeing of people on the move. Through the MHADRI network, we hope to offer opportunities for improved collaborative and comparative research approaches, and for dissemination and public engagement of findings with multiple stakeholders.
Applying a broad definition of both health and migration, network members explore the ways that population movements - both within and across national borders - are related to multiple dimensions of health and wellbeing. This includes, but is not limited to: exploration of health system responses to migration and mobility; the health needs of refugees and asylum seekers; generation of evidence to inform improved policy and programming responses to health and migration; and the development of appropriate methodologies for understanding and responding to this complex terrain.
Membership represents multiple actors, including academics and researchers based in civil society organisations who work with migrant groups. Ensuring that the voices of migrants are included in the network's activities is central to our approach.
We invite active researchers, from any discipline and organisational background - including early career researchers, graduate students and NGO-based researchers - currently working on researching any aspect(s) of the relationship between migration and health to join the network. Any person who has or is currently undertaking research on advancing knowledge on any aspect(s) of the relationship between migration and health is eligible to be MHADRI network member. We especially invite researchers based in global south contexts, from developing nations or those classified as low-income, lower-middle-income or upper-middle-income countries.
To join the network, you will need to complete the data capture form. Please send completed form (found below) to firstname.lastname@example.org and outline on your email how your work relates to the MHADRI. Applications will be reviewed by the steering committee and once approved, member profiles will be shared online as part of the migration and health portal hosted by the IOM.