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MY

Addressing female genital mutilation in the Asia Pacific: the neglected sustainable development target

While much work has focused on advocacy and prevention efforts in countries of high prevalence in Africa and diaspora in Europe, there has been a paucity of discussion on FGM in the Asia‐Pacific region. FGM is practised in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines and Indonesia; however, none of these countries are supported by the UNFPA‐UNICEF Joint Programme on the Abandonment of FGM. Australia and New Zealand are also home to migrant women and girls with FGM.

Quality Improvement Strategies on Occupational Health and Safety among Health Care Migrant Workers

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Main Outcome
The findings indicated eagerness among migrant worker in complying with OHS provisions. Regardless of the challenges faced by the respondents, the study has identified adherence among respondents on the standard of OHS but various situation and measures must be taken for migrant workers to fully comply with the OHS standard. Furthermore, it was indicated that the success of any organization on occupational health and safety standard was dependent on the reinforcement and review of health and safety measures within the organization. The researchers inferred that issues and concerns regarding compliance on provisions of occupational health and safety among healthcare migrant workers must properly be addressed through immediate monitoring and re-evaluation of personnel in terms of their knowledge and practices in OHS.  Barriers and challenges have been identified in the study that may lead to non-compliance among migrant workers on provisions of OHS.

Aches and Pains of Filipino Migrant Workers in Malaysia: A Profile of Work-Related Muscoskeletal Disorders

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Main Outcome
Filipino migrant workers mostly complain of pain in the low back area (60%) and shoulder pain (60%), followed by pain in the upper back (48.3%), and neck pain (45%) in the last 12 months. Household workers accounting for 73.3% of the subjects commonly complain of pain in the hips/thighs (78.9%) while workers in the service industry commonly complain of knee pain (39.1%). Results imply that hat Filipino migrant workers have a higher prevalence of shoulder and lower back pain in the last 12 months. Household workers are more susceptible to hip/thigh pain. Interventions focusing on ergonomics policy implementation, education on posture and lifting techniques and physical function are recommended. Further studies should consider the psychological and psychosocial aspects of migrant employment which are known risk factors for MSDs.

Reflections on Migrant Workers and Refugee Health in Malaysia and the ASEAN Region

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Main Outcome
Migrants and refugees face challenges accessing both healthcare and good social determinants of health in Malaysia. Participants at the Migrant and Refugee Health in Malaysia workshop, Kuala Lumpur, 9-10 November 2017 scoped these challenges within the regional ASEAN context, identifying gaps in knowledge and practical steps forward to improve the evidence base in Malaysia.

Food Security, Nutritional Status and Household Income of Migrant Workers in Klang Valley, Malaysia

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Main Outcome
About 57.6% of households were food insecure (24.8% mildly, 29.6% moderately and 3.2% severely). Burmese had the highest rate of household food insecurity (96%). Majority of the migrant workers have normal weight (68.0%). No significant relationship was found between household monthly income and household food security status (p=0.475), and household food security status and weight status (p=0.535). The present study demonstrated that food security status affected certain nutrients intake among migrant workers.

Initiated the Migrant Workers Health Research Network in Management and Science University

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Main Outcome
Initiated the Migrant Workers Health Research Network at Management and Science University and conducted Forum on Migrant Workers attended by almost more than 50 NGO, GO, and Researchers in Malaysia on Migrant Workers Issues