Sri Lanka - Achieving Universal Health Coverage under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is currently high on the global health agenda and to attain the goal of ‘Leaving no one behind’, health systems must account for members of every community, including migrants, writes Dr. Davide Mosca, Head of IOM’s Migration Health Division.
The ‘Sisters Hospital’, as it is known locally in Yaoundé, Cameroon is situated on Ngvobeti hill, one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.