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Re-routing My Island Roots

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:21 -- admin


By Maxine (Teddy) Iehsi

Tears streamed down my face as I bid my family, friends, and homeland good-bye on the afternoon of September 18th, 2013.  A friend, Lae Annie, and I were leaving Pohnpei, our island home for the past 18 years, to study abroad at Walla Walla University in Washington.

After the Fire: Chile's Volunteers Strong arms and Stronger Hearts

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:11 -- ldoyle

By Chris Gascon, Chile - I could hardly believe the devastation as I walked through the streets of Quebrada Santa Cruz, above Valparaiso, Chile. It was difficult to understand how the fires had moved in the way they did. Entire rows of houses destroyed, yet, for some reason, some houses here and there, stood untouched. The streets were littered with burnt out roofing sheets, home appliances, remnants of spring boxes, utensils, stoves, bathtubs, sinks, bicycles and the carcasses of vehicles. Volunteers loaded truck after truck and shoveled rubble aside.

Grass Roots Disaster Preparedness in Papua New Guinea

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:26 -- admin

By George Gigauri, Chief of Mission, IOM Papua New Guinea - We arrive in the town of Popondetta in the early morning. We are in the smallest province of Papua New Guinea, which is one of the poorest regions of the country where IOM is working with remote communities to build resilience to disasters. After a brief stop-off at the IOM Field Office, we are joined by local government officials and a convoy of five land cruisers heads towards the mountain. There’s a long way to drive to our final destination – Pongani village.

Breathing Life Anew

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:43 -- Anthony Robert


Enrique Delgado with wife Haidy and daughter Paola.

By Anthony Caingles

For Enrique Delgado – a migrant from Venezuela living in Panama and diagnosed with Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) - the psychological effects and the sense of isolation that result from the disease are more traumatic than the expenses associated with it, or even the threat to life.  “I have to live in isolation in my own house, wearing a mask….” He lived in constant fear that he would pass on the illness to his wife and daughter and many times contemplated committing suicide.

How to reach the missing three million

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:43 -- admin


Ma Khine Khine Win receives TB advice from an outreach health worker.

By Naomi Mihara

Ma Khine Khine Win could easily have become one of the missing three million.  Born and raised in a small village in Tharyarwati township, Bago District, Myanmar, she moved with her family to join other migrants seeking work in a village in Kyaikmayaw township, Mon state – over 300 km away.  She knew she was suffering from poor health, but poverty prevented her from accessing health care.

South Africa’s Migrant Mining Labor Force: Bringing Home the Bacon and TB

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:52 -- Anthony Robert


Working in crowded conditions, miners are especially vulnerable to TB.

By Anthony Caingles

South Africa’s mining industry is highly dependent on migrant workers coming from neighboring countries like Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. These men travel from their villages to their mineral-rich neighbor to earn a living and to take home some income to their families.  Unfortunately, they often bring home something else. Tuberculosis.

Sustained Action for Migrants’ Health in a Post-2015 TB Strategy

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 18:46 -- publisher


An IOM worker (right) with a TB patient at a health post in Mae La settlement, Northern Thailand. © IOM/Joe Lowry 2012

By Dr. Poonam Dhavan

As medical doctors, we are trained to identify disease agents, attack them with effective drug therapies and interrupt the natural history of infections that could lead to severe disability or even death for our patients. As public health practitioners—we decide when more is needed. Disease control is not merely about one patient – it is about detection, treatment and care in the population or communities at large.

Rana Samundra Trophy for IOM Nepal’s TB Reach Project

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:26 -- Anthony Robert
Reaching Higher Ground with Groundbreaking TB Detection Technology


GeneXpert molecular diagnostic technology has contributed to more efficient and specific TB diagnosis in Nepal

by Anthony Caingles

On World TB Day, 24 March 2014, the International Organization for Migration – Nepal (IOM) was awarded the Rana Samundra trophy by the National Tuberculosis Center (NTC) for having introduced the molecular diagnostic tool GeneXpert in Nepal.  

One Day I Decided to Migrate

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:38 -- publisher


By Yulia Strelnikova, born in Ukraine

I arrived in Argentina in 2001 with my aunt, uncle and cousin. Back then, Argentina had signed migration accords with some of the ex-Soviet Republics. Argentina was accepting migrants and was expediting the procedures to obtain permanent residence. My aunt and uncle saw a great opportunity, and things were not so good in Ukraine.

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