IOM has provided migration health assessment services at the request of receiving country governments since 1951. Vaccinations within migration health assessments are provided for refugees and migrants both routinely and in response to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).
IOM Migration Health Assessment Programmes (HAP): Pre-migration Health Activities - 2019 Highlights [Spanish]
Pre-migration health activities (PMHA) are one of IOM’s most well-established migration management services and are delivered through IOM’s Global Migration Health Assessment Programme (HAP). PMHA are an array of procedures that are undertaken in the context of regular migration at the request of receiving country governments.
An inclusive and human rights-based approach that guarantees the availability and accessibility of psychosocial support and mental health care for all migrants (irrespective of their status) and their host communities can contribute to positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for migrants, their families, communities, and also the societies of both origin and destination countries.
IOM contributes to the promotion of mental health and psychosocial well-being of migrants and…Read more
Mainstreaming the Health of Migrants in the Implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Spanish)
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) features health as a cross-cutting priority with references to health and healthcare access in several objectives. Together with the SDGs, the World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolutions on the health of migrants (WHA 61.17, 2008) and on promoting the health of refugees and migrants (WHA 70.15, 2017) and the forthcoming WHO Global Action Plan on promoting the health of refugees and migrants (2019), implementation and review of the…Read more
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts people at the center of all actions, particularly the most marginalized and disempowered, for the realization of societies that are more equitable and inclusive. It also acknowledges that migration carries a development potential, owing to migrants’ intellectual, cultural, human and financial capital, and their active participation in society. Being and staying healthy is a fundamental precondition for migrants to work, be productive, and …Read more
Migration health assessments (MHAs) are one of IOM’s most well-established migration management services. At the request of receiving country governments, IOM provides migrants with physical and mental health evaluations for the purpose of assisting them with resettlement, international employment, obtainment of temporary or permanent visas, or enrolment in specific migrant assistance programmes. Reflecting national differences in immigration policies and practices, health assessment…Read more
The role of migrants and mobile populations (MMPs) in the spread and control of HIV is increasingly being recognized and understood. While migration does not automatically equal HIV vulnerability, and not all MMPs are at increased risk of HIV as a result of their mobility, in many contexts MMPs are exposed to a unique set of sociocultural, economic, and environmental factors that render them more vulnerable to HIV including lack of access to health services, information, and environments…Read more
Author/s: International Organization for Migration
Migration is a social determinant of health. Throughout the migration process, migrants are exposed to a unique set of sociocultural, economic, and environmental factors that may increase their risk of exposure to negative health outcomes, including communicable and non-communicable diseases. Migrants and mobile populations can face many obstacles in accessing essential health care services due to several factors including irregular immigration status, language barriers, discrimination, a…Read more
Within its Migration Health Division (MHD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivers and promotes comprehensive, preventive and curative health programmes which are beneficial, accessible, and equitable for migrants and mobile populations. Bridging the needs of both migrants and IOM’s member states, MHD contributes towards the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants, enabling them and host communities to achieve social and economic development.
Health of migrants: Resetting the agenda - Report of the 2nd Global Consultation Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21-23 February 2017 (Spanish)
Author/s: Julia Puebla Fortier, Davide Mosca, Jacqueline Weekers, Eliana Barragan, Julie Bauer
The 2017 Global Consultation on Migrant Health was convened as a follow-up to the 1st Global Consultation on Migrant Health, held in 2010, in response to the renewed international attention to the health needs of migrants through agenda-setting on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Coverage, and other global health priorities. Informed by the Operational Framework from the 2010 Consultation, Member States, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World…Read more