Anthony Caingles

What IOM has Given to Haiyan Emergency Response Efforts

By Anthony Caingles

Conrad Navidad of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Philippines’ Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) was deployed to Haiyan (locally, Yolanda) Ground Zero 24 hours after “the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in all recorded history” broke into the islands of Samar and Leyte. Nervous, excited, and afraid – all at the same time – Conrad said a word of prayer as he boarded his plane not knowing what awaited him at his destination and how long he would stay there.

Touched by an Angel

IOM staff Saw Thandar with village child she and Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment (MARC) team members saved from malaria. © IOM 2014

At last year’s Thingyan Water Festival (and New Year) in Myanmar, two alert volunteers of IOM’s community-based Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment (MARC) Project for Mobility Impacted Communities in Mon State put the festivities on hold when they noticed a child displaying symptoms of severe malaria.

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

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.

Breathing Life Anew

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.