Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda tookplace in the context of increasing recognition that migration is a key driver of sustainabledevelopment.

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IOM signs MoU with German Embassy for Document Verification

On January 19, 2015, IOM and the German Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding which gives IOM the authority to verify educational documents of applicants to various academic institutions of Germany for Undergraduate and Masters Programme.

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IOM continues to expand Migration Health Department

IOM provide Health Assessment services to immigrants bound to Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States, along with promoting the health of migrants and their host communities.

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Raising Migration Awareness through Street Theatre all over Bangladesh.

Using medium of street theatres and community meetings with potential migrants and local government officials at grass roots level, IOM has been raising awareness on key issues related to safe and orderly migration.

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Comprehensive Service Delivery for vulnerable population of Cox’s Bazar

Working together with Government of Bangladesh (GoB) increase access to Primary Health Care and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services for vulnerable and hard to reach communities in Cox’s Bazar.

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National Consultation on Human Trafficking and Smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh, December 9th, 2014

On December 9th, 2014, IOM together with UNHCR organized a National Consultation to discuss issues related to human trafficking and smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh.

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Café Joyeeta (previously Kafe Mukti), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Mukti project, re-opened its Department of Women Affairs outlet this Tuesday, 4th March.

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New address of Migration Health Assessment Clinic - IOM MHAC

IOM Global

An inter governmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

  • Membership increased from 67 States in 1998 to 157 States in 2014 and continues to grow
  • IOM offices in more than 150 countries
  • Field Location increased from 119 in 1998 to more than 481
  • Active Projects increased from 686 in 1998 to more than 2,396 in 204
  • Operational Staff increased from approximately 1,100 in 1998 to more than 9,000 almost entirely in the Filed
  • Total expenditure increased from USD 242.2 million in 1998 to USD 2039 million in 2014
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Migration Health

Migration Health

In this current stage of globalization, people are increasingly on the move within and across borders to meet social, economic and environmental challenges. Population mobility has health implication both for migrants and for those they leave behind. Migration often makes migrants more vulnerable to health risks. This may constitute an important and growing challenge to achieving the health targets, including the HIV/AIDS target set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In line with the WHO resolution on the health of migrants, IOM takes a comprehensive rights based approach to promote the health of migrants. Migration health also takes into consideration the social determinants for health that influence communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Migrants and mobile populations benefit from an improved standard of physical, mental and social wellbeing, which enables them to substantially contribute towards the social and economic development of their home communities and host societies.

Recent and Current Projects Main Activities

Addressing Health Issues of Victims of Human Trafficking and Abuse in Jessore and Satkhira districts, Bangladesh (March 2013 to June  2014)

·         Increase coordination and responsiveness among stakeholders (national, district, upazila and union level-duty bearers) about the health rights of victims of human trafficking and abuse (right holders) through advocacy

·         Enhance capacity through training of health service professionals (doctors, nurses and community level field staff) to provide specialized integrated health services to victims of human trafficking.

·         Improve quality of structures/equipment in the existing health facilities under MoHFW for the victims of human trafficking and abuse through providing necessary logistic support.

·         Community mobilization and creation of general awareness to improve access of the victims of human trafficking and abuse  integrated health care services through referral and reducing stigma and discrimination against victims of trafficking

Strengthening government’s capacity of selected South Asian Countries to address the Health of Migrants through a multi-sector approach (2013 - 2014)

·         Conduct an in-depth study in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan to assess health vulnerabilities of inbound and outbound migrants, including their access to health and other social services, a mapping of governments’ responses to address these vulnerabilities, and to come up with recommendations for action

·         Support a regional consultation involving the three primary target countries and the secondary countries of Sri Lanka and Thailand, to discuss best practices and agree on success factors to develop a migration health agenda at national level for the target countries

·         Support the Ministries of Health of Bangladesh and Nepal, and the Ministries of Human Resource Development of Pakistan to develop strategic action plans to address the health of migrants using a multi-sectoral approach

Provision of Lifesaving Health Care Services for Displaced, Disaster Affected and other Vulnerable Populations in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh (2013 - 2014)

·         Provide emergency health care services, clinical management of common illnesses, early detection, diagnosis and management of life-threatening injuries and other medical conditions such as diarrhea, fever, respiratory infections, TB, malaria etc. as well as treatment  of chronic medical conditions through mobile health clinics

·         Medical services also includes integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI), ante and post- natal care for pregnant, post-partum care; referrals of complicated obstetrics cases to nearest hospital

·         Facilitate health referrals and assisted transportation to secondary or tertiary health facilities

·         Regular disease outbreak monitoring and reporting linked with the national surveillance system

·         Awareness campaigns on health and hygiene issues arranged in settlements and other locations, and distribute leaflets and culturally acceptable hygiene materials in the community

·         Repair and/or construct water and sanitation facilities at the selected health centers or hospitals to mitigate and prevent spread of water-borne diseases

·         Upgrade knowledge on lifesaving health care services in emergency for doctors, nurses and other health care providers at district and upazila level public health facilities

·         Conduct health promotion and education sessions on relevant themes including prevention of STIs including HIV, malaria and TB, hygiene and sanitation practices

·         Form 72 Community Emergency Health Action Team to facilitate community emergency health preparedness and referral for urgent medical care

“HIV Prevention Initiatives for Returning Migrants” from 2009 to 2012

and two other little projects on prevention of HIV among migrants (including women migrants) supported by UNAIDS during 2010 to 2012

·         Promotion of HIV prevention services to prospective and returnee migrants as well as to the spouses of migrant workers, in partnership with local community based organizations, the government health and family planning department and the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training

·         Capacity building of relevant government officials on migration and HIV issues through training of trainers (trained 290 officials from 28 TTCs) at the technical training centres under the BMET

·         Community-based awareness raising programmes (covered 15,867 returnee migrants- both male and female, 12,191 potential migrants, 54,492 spouses of migrant workers and 43,580 community people) and distribution of pictorial education material (160,000 copies of booklets and leaflets) on HIV and STI prevention in selected migrant prone areas

·         Distributed 100,000 leaflets with information on HIV prevention and available service points for counselling, testing and care to the returnee migrant workers at the international   airport of Dhaka

·         A radio magazine on HIV and reproductive health issues focusing on women migration was developed and broadcasted through selected government radio stations

·         Developed a drama based short video on migration and HIV and distributed at the TTCs and to other relevant stakeholders

·         A study titled “HIV and Bangladeshi Women Migrant Workers - An assessment of vulnerabilities and gaps in services” was conducted and published internationally

IOM Bangladesh Medical Health Activities

IOM Dhaka conducts health assessments primarily for United Kingdom, Australia and Canada visa applicants. Health assessments have also been conducted upon requests from visa applicants for other countries. Pulmonary TB detection is one of the main focuses. IOM Dhaka has significant experience in TB management and has been designated a TB Direct Observed Treatment (DOT) centre by the national TB control programme in Bangladesh. IOM also conducts follow up laboratory TB testing for US and Australian visa applicants. Medical services such as DNA testing and age verification are also available.

Migration Health Assistance is provided to migrants in crisis situations such as in the Libyan crisis of 2011.. Recently IOM Bangladesh has initiated providing emergency and other health care services including maternal and child health and preventive services for communicable diseases for the displaced and frequent disaster affected population in Cox’s Bazar. The project interventions include operation of mobile health clinics, capacity building of local health authority on emergency health care in crisis situation and community mobilization for better preparedness and emergency health management.

When medical assistance is required to facilitate the voluntary return of migrants or family reunion, the migration health division works in collaboration with the operations and movement division of IOM. Fitness to travel certification and medical escorts are also provided.

IOM Dhaka’s health promotion programmes mainly focus on prevention of HIV and communicable disease through awareness raising, community based social mobilization activities for prospective migrants and their families as well as research and assessments. IOM also provides technical and advisory support to the National HIV and AIDS programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on developing and implementing strategies on HIV prevention among internal and external migrant populations. IOM Dhaka also facilitates multi-sector collaboration and cooperation on promoting health rights of overseas migrants.

Since human trafficking is also a form of migration with negative outcomes, to address the special health needs of victims of trafficking, IOM Bangladesh focused on enhanced capacity of the local level government health facilities for providing integrated quality health services to such victims. Also through community sensitization on health needs of victims of human trafficking, and their engagement in effective referral mechanism the project of IOM in Jessore and Satkhira district tries to increase access of the victims to appropriate health care services.

In addition, given the global importance of the migration of health professionals, IOM Dhaka facilitates the verification of professional and educational documents, and English language testing for employment of Bangladeshi nurses in Italy.