Background: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is responsible for more fatalities than the SARS coronavirus, despite being in the initial stage of a global pandemic. The first suspected case in the Philippines was investigated on January 22, 2020, and 633 suspected cases were reported as of March 1. We describe the clinical and epidemiological aspects of the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, both admitted to the national infectious disease referral hospital in Manila.
Featured in the audio podcast section is an interview with one of the authors of a study that examines the effectiveness of pre-entry active tuberculosis and post-entry latent tuberculosis screening among new-entrant migrants to the United Kingdom. This issue profiles several book chapters outlining the health commitments within the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and migration health governance.
In this issue, featured in the new audio podcast section are interviews with lead authors of two papers: first focused on the health issues associated with migration in the Solomon Islands and second on the challenges of assessing the international migrant stock. This issue also includes studies centered on the health status and safety of international migrant workers, the nutrition profile of Syrian refugee children before resettlement, the health situation of migrants in Europe, and the mental health and well-being of migrants.
Articles featured in the landmark UCL-Lancet Commission report on Migration and Health in December 2018 and feature research papers centering on tuberculosis and human mobility are profiled. Also, a study that summarizes the work done to address the legal obstacles that migrants face in accessing health services in the Greater Mekong Subregion countries and its impact on malaria elimination as well as a study looking at whether the risk of suicidal behaviour is increased in left-behind family members are presented.
Articles looking at (1) the public health issues around migrant populations and their interactions with the host populations; and (2) the infectious disease testing of refugees going to the United Kingdom are profiled.