Somaliland – As with many post-conflict countries, Somaliland is facing a number of challenges in the health sector including limited access to health care facilities and services especially in the rural areas. The IOM mission in Somalia is committed to improving the health conditions of migrants and host communities through better health service delivery and capacity building by promoting equal access to migrant-friendly and comprehensive health care services.
Four years ago, I had no idea what the Bali Process was. If you’d asked me to guess, I’d have said it sounded like an album of trance-ethno-lounge music, rather than a forum for discussion on people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crime.
Fiji - Driving past a quarantined village due to a typhoid outbreak, I wondered just how much the Fijian communities could possibly tolerate. First a cyclone rips their homes away, now disease and isolation. The Women of Silana village would today reveal just how much people can withstand anguish and still thrive.
“I decided to go back to Mogadishu because I thought I would die and I did not want to be a burden to my wife and the community in Cape Town where I lived for one year. Now I am hopeful that soon I will see my little girls and I will be able to play and laugh with them.“
Tahrib - ‘Grass is greener on the other side’
Rosa, a 35-year-old ex-miner’s widow and mother of three has been breastfeeding her six-month-old baby despite suffering from Multi Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). “I cannot stop breastfeeding my baby, my mother-in-law forbids me,” says Rosa. Change agents who live in the community in Swaziland visited Rosa’s homestead to persuade her to change living environment with her children and seek medical attention. It took a couple of visits to Rosa’s mother-in-law for them to agree for the children to be isolated.