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Regional Workshop on HIV in the Road Transport Sector in Southern Africa

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), North Star Foundation (NSF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), organized a Regional Workshop on HIV in the Road Transport Sector for Southern Africa on 26-28 September, 2007 in Piggs Peak, Swaziland. The workshop’s specific objectives were outlined as follows:

Regional Workshop on HIV Responses for Mine Workers, Their Families and Affected Communities in Southern Africa

In response to the health and HIV vulnerabilities of mine workers, their families and the communities with which they interact, IOM in partnership with Southern African Development Community (SADC) HIV/AIDS Unit, United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (UNAIDS RSTESA), and TEBA Development (Regional Office), organised a Regional Workshop on HIV Responses for Mine Workers, Their Families and Affected Communities in Southern Africa, which took place in Mozambique, Maputo, on 27 and 28 May 2010.

Migrants’ Right to Health in Southern Africa

The review reveals that the law in all the SADC member states contains either expressly or implied provisions that guarantee migrants rights to health. While in some states, the law is more direct than others in its protection of migrant rights to health, it has emerged that an interpretation of the domestic law in consonance with the States’ international legal obligations accords migrants right to health.

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MIDSA Workshop on Promoting Health and Development: Migration Health in Southern Africa

IOM in partnership with the Southern Africa Migration Project (SAMP) and in special collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) organised a Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) on Promoting Health and Development: Migration Health in Southern Africa from 10 to 12 June 2009 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The MIDSA was hosted by the Government of Tanzania with the main objective being to work towards the implementation of the WHA 61.17 resolution ‘Health of Migrants’ within the SADC region. The specific objectives of the MIDSA were outlined as follows:

United Kingdom Tuberculosis Detection Programme (UKTBP)

At the request of the Government of the United Kingdom, IOM implements the Tuberculosis (TB) Detection Programme for visa applicants who intend to stay in the UK for a period of 6 months or longer. The main purpose of the programme is to address public health concerns regarding the spread of infectious tuberculosis in the UK by preventing the entry of people suffering from active TB until they have been successfully treated, as well as to facilitate access to diagnostics and referrals for treatment in the migrants’ countries of origin.

Migration and Health in SADC: A review of the literature

This review presents a synthesis of published literature relating to migration and health in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). To support this review, a set of key informant interviews with representatives of academic institutions and international organizations working on migration and health in SADC have been undertaken to supplement the findings from the literature.