BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis elimination in countries with a low incidence of the disease necessitates multiple interventions, including innovations in migrant screening. We examined a cohort of migrants screened for tuberculosis before entry to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and tracked the development of disease in this group after arrival.
Ghana - IOM Ghana in partnership with the Government of Ghana installed four infectious disease holding units at Sampa and Elubo Points of Entry (border with Cote d'Ivoire), as well as the Hamile and Paga Points of Entry (border with Burkina Faso), to enhance the screening and surveillance capacities for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and other communicable diseases at these key border posts.
A 2-day training programme is being provided to build the capacity of border officials at the 8 selected Points of Entry (PoEs). The training, which is being conducted in 2 batches at each PoE, includes presentations on the Impact and Overview of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD); Surveillance for EVD and the Recognize, Isolate, Notify and Give Support (RING) Approach; EVD Preparedness and Response at PoEs; Infection Prevention and Control at PoEs; and EVD Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Ghana - IOM has organized 16 two-day training workshops aimed at building the capacity of more than 700 officials from Port Health and Ghana Immigration and Customs to combat the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at eight selected points of entry (PoEs) in the country.
Ghana - IOM Ghana has launched a project: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness, Risk Reduction and Response among Migrants, Mobile Population and Border Communities in Ghana with US$400,000 funding from the Government of Japan.
Ghana – IOM Ghana has published a new behavioural study of HIV and population mobility: HIV Vulnerability Among Female Sex Workers Along Ghana’s Tema-Paga Transport Corridor.
This proposal will continue the support in West Africa and expand into other regions to support stranded migrants as necessary. The main activities will remain similar to those implemented through three strands of action namely 1) migrant screening and health checks, 2) direct assistance, 3) enhance international cooperation with third country authorities and develop coordination mechanisms with Canada`s liaison officers in relevant countries within targeted regions.
This project is aimed at supporting the Government of Ghana’s efforts to provide reintegration assistance to returning Ghanaians as a result of the Libyan crisis in early part of 2011. The project will provide immediate access to national health insurance, and reintegration assistance for restoration of the livelihoods of the migrants.
This programme will support the efforts of the Governments in West Africa to address irregular migration and smuggling through its territory, by supporting joint assessments and establishing a voluntary return and reintegration assistance mechanism for Sri Lankan and other extra continental stranded migrants.
In coordination with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the project aims to provide return assistance to a maximum number of 254 Liberian nationals residing in Ghana: 119 who were selected to benefit from skills training and livelihood opportunities by UNIDO for their project ‘From Ghana to Liberia: Reintegration of Liberian refugees through multi-skills training for sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation’, and their dependants.