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