Assessing the Ground Crossing Points of Nepal and Their Compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005) to Prepare and Inform the Public Health Response to COVID-19

This study aimed to assess the status of IHR (2005) core capacity requirements at the designated ground crossings in Nepal in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quantitative assessment was carried out at PoEs after preliminary assessment of 11 GCPs conducted by IOM jointly with the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), Ministry of Health and Population, Government of Nepal. A total of 17 field researchers were mobilized for data collection at these GCPs from 11-14 December 2020.

Cross-border Tuberculosis Control along the Viet Nam and Cambodia Border

In 2020, Viet Nam was one of the 30 highest-burden countries globally with tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant TB, whereas Cambodia was one of the 30 highest-burden countries with TB. While both nations have made significant progress in reducing TB rates in recent years, they lack the financial resources needed to eliminate TB as a public health problem.

The Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus in Health

Worldwide, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) works to operationalize the humanitarian-development-peace nexus (HDPN) by strengthening collaboration and coherence between humanitarian, development and peace actors, Member States, beneficiaries and other partners. Peace is a fundamental prerequisite for good health, and poor access to health and other basic social services is both a driver and consequence of conflict and displacement.

Population Mobility Mapping

In line with the Global Health Security Agenda and the 2005 International Health Regulations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working with stakeholders and partners globally to rapidly detect and respond to disease outbreaks, with an approach anchored in an in-depth understanding of human mobility dynamics.

COVID-19 Immigration and Border Management Response (3 pages)

IOM’s COVID-19 programming contributes to the WHO’s Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan as well as the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan. IOM’s programming is developed to be responsive to population mobility and cross-border dynamics while adopting an inclusive approach towards all travellers and migrants - regardless of their migratory status - and countering misinformation which can lead to anti-migrant sentiment and xenophobia. This approach is anchored in IOM’s Health, Border and Mobility Management (HBMM) Framework.
 

Training Curriculum for Border Officials on COVID-19 Response at Points of Entry

IOM has developed a training curriculum to enhance member states officials’ capacities to continue to work and to adapt their operational practices to the context of COVID-19 response at Points of Entry (PoE). This training curricular will draw upon the latest WHO reference materials, including IHR (2005) on POE preparedness and response.

IOM Tools for Border Officials and Migrants for COVID-19 Response

IOM provides immediate as well as mid- and long-term support for migrants, combined with technical assistance for the border authorities of concerned Member States. In this regard, IOM has developed a comprehensive and complementary package of tools to enhance border officers’ capacities to continue to work and to adapt their operational practices to the context of COVID-19 response at points of entry to protect people on the move, themselves and their families. All materials draw upon the latest WHO guidance and reference materials.

Activities at Points of Entry in the Context of COVID-19 (Russian)

The IHR (2005) are the only international legal framework for PoE. They are an agreement between 196 countries to work towards enhancing global health security through a multisectoral approach which includes a broad range of stakeholders. The aim is “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade”.

Activities at Points of Entry in the Context of COVID-19

The IHR (2005) are the only international legal framework for PoE. They are an agreement between 196 countries to work towards enhancing global health security through a multisectoral approach which includes a broad range of stakeholders. The aim is “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade”.

Migration Health 2020 Impact Overview

This report is an annual overview of activities led and implemented by the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2020, in partnership with Member States, United Nations agencies and other partners in the international community, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, meet the operational challenges and advance understanding of migration health, encourage socioeconomic development through migration, and work towards ensuring respect of the human dignity and well-being of migrants.