WASH responses to COVID-19 in Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan

The humanitarian community has had to learn about COVID-19 while responding to this new disease. From the start it was known that basic hygiene practices, such as proper handwashing, could help prevent its transmission. However, many displacement settings do not have the required facilities for implementing household and community-level Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures. They may also have weak governance systems for managing and maintaining water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services.

Health, Border and Mobility Management Framework: A Framework to Empower Governments and Communities to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Public Health Threats along the Mobility Continuum

The Health, Border and Mobility Management (HBMM) Framework articulates IOM’s strategic role and objectives in the prevention, detection, and response to communicable diseases in the context of widespread and multi-directional human mobility. It provides an action framework for IOM to undertake activities related to health, border, and mobility management and serves as a reference for the IOM Member States and partners to understand the Organization’s role and contributions in this area of work. 

Community-based approaches to MHPSS

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has identified seven different levels of community engagement in MHPSS programmes. In the first three levels, where communities do not have decision-making power, information is either shared with communities or gathered from them, or they are merely consulted. The next two levels are firstly where communities are involved in activity planning but their power remains limited (known as ‘functional’ community engagement) and secondly where communities are completely involved in decision-making processes (‘interactive’ engagement).

IEC Materials on MHPSS Considerations in the Context of COVID-19 (Nuer)

This set of information, education and communication (IEC) materials aims to educate different gender, age and social groups (such as internally displaced persons, host communities, persons infected with COVID-19 and their caregivers, front-line workers fighting COVID-19 and people with disabilities) on the specific nature of stressors and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) implications induced by the COVID-19 environment.

IEC Materials on MHPSS Considerations in the Context of COVID-19 (Arabic)

This set of information, education and communication (IEC) materials aims to educate different gender, age and social groups (such as internally displaced persons, host communities, persons infected with COVID-19 and their caregivers, front-line workers fighting COVID-19 and people with disabilities) on the specific nature of stressors and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) implications induced by the COVID-19 environment.

IEC Materials on MHPSS Considerations in the Context of COVID-19

This set of information, education and communication (IEC) materials aims to educate different gender, age and social groups (such as internally displaced persons, host communities, persons infected with COVID-19 and their caregivers, front-line workers fighting COVID-19 and people with disabilities) on the specific nature of stressors and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) implications induced by the COVID-19 environment.

Targeting COVID-19 interventions towards migrants in humanitarian settings

Millions of refugees and migrants reside in countries devastated by protracted conflicts with weakened health systems, and in countries where they are forced to live in substandard conditions in camps and compounds, and high-density slum settings. Although many such settings have yet to feel the full impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the pandemic is now having an unprecedented impact on mobility, in terms of border and migration management, as well as on the health, social, and economic situation of migrant populations globally.

Migration Health Research Bulletin, Issue No. 15

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.

Migration Health Research Bulletin, Issue No. 10

A book on IOM’s response to Ebola crisis is profiled. Three reports are featured on the Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance Survey conducted in Somalia and Somaliland. Lastly, three articles are presented which examine (1) undocumented migrants’ access to medical care in Latin American countries; (2) health system responses related to infectious disease prevention and control among refugees and asylum seekers in EU; and (3) challenges migrants and refugees face in accessing healthcare and good social determinants of health in Malaysia.