The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a key player in responding to humanitarian and public health emergencies as well as supporting health system recovery and resilience. Health support in emergencies is an essential part of IOM’s humanitarian mandate and recognized by the Organization’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework as one of the 15 sectors of assistance to address before, during and after crises.
This factsheet showcases some of this programming from 2021…Read more
The issue of the Bulletin features studies and reports on topics relevant to migration and health such as COVID-19, tuberculosis, kidney disease, and reproductive health.
The audio podcast episode outlines the key findings on the health and social impact migration has on left-behind children and their caregivers in migrant households in Cambodia.
Challenges of Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Services for Internal Migrants in Central Asian Countries and International Migrants from Central Asian Countries in The Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, and Turkey during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Author/s: United Nations Population Fund, International Organization for Migration, and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
This paper presents and discusses the findings of a desk review on the state of migration and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of the populations in migrant-sending countries, including Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In addition, it considers the qualitative data on the access of Central Asian internal and external migrants to antenatal and perinatal care, family planning services, and contraception, including condoms, safe abortion (legal in all countries under…Read more
When husband migrate: effects of international migration of husbands on fetal outcomes, body mass index and gestational weight of female spouses that stay behind
Author/s: Renuka Jayatissa, Kolitha Wickramage, Buddhini Herath Denuwara, Himali Herath, Ranbanda Jayawardana, Amila Gayan Perera, Nawamali De Alwis
International labour migration continues to be an integral component in Sri Lanka’s economic development. Previous research indicates an adverse perinatal outcome in association with low maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (PBMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG). However, evidence of this association is limited in migrant families. This study aims to investigate the associations between PBMI, GWG among lactating mothers (LM), and fetal outcomes…
This report is an annual overview of activities led and implemented by the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2020, in partnership with Member States, United Nations agencies and other partners in the international community, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, meet the operational challenges and advance understanding of migration health, encourage socioeconomic development through migration, and work towards ensuring respect of the human…Read more
This issue of the Bulletin features research articles, reports, and commentary pieces on relevant migration health topics such as reproductive health, mental health, and COVID-19 in the context of mobility.
The audio podcast episode focuses on women refugees’ access to maternal health services in Kenya.
“We have a lot of home deliveries” A qualitative study on the impact of COVID-19 on access to and utilization of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care among refugee women in urban Eastleigh, Kenya
Author/s: Adelaide M Lusambili, Michela Martini, Faiza Abdirahman, Abena Asante, Sharon Ochieng, Joseph N Guni, Rose Maina, Stanley Luchters
Little is known about how pregnant refugee women, and the frontline health care workers who serve them, are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of health, and health service access. Women refugees are classified as a vulnerable group with regard to pregnancy outcomes and access to maternal care and may be disproportionally at risk for COVID-19 infection as they are likely to face unique barriers to information and access to reproductive health services during…
Author/s: IOM’s Migration Health Division
This overview showcases only some of the key activities implemented in 2019 across the world, in lower-income settings and in complex emergencies, along the world’s most perilous migration routes, in the aftermath of natural disasters, or in response to disease outbreaks.
SRHR-HIV Knows No Borders Project; A synthesis report of the regional, national, and community dialogues
Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the worst Sexual and Productive Health (SRH) outcomes globally, including high rates of unplanned pregnancies, maternal morbidity and mortality, unmet family planning needs, high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), cervical cancer and unsafe abortions. Poor SRH outcomes are heightened among migrant girls and women, many of whom are pressured into risky migration decisions for their survival, while having limited …Read more
Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the worst sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes globally. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights-HIV Knows No Borders (KNB) is a project covering six migration-affected countries in Southern Africa: Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia.
The project seeks to improve the sexual and reproductive (including HIV-related) health of both migrant and non-migrant adolescents and young people, sex workers and others who live…Read more