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As a major regional meeting on migration health opens in the Thai capital today, Reuben Lim reports on the challenges migrants face in accessing healthcare in Asia and the efforts made to include them in national health systems.
By Reuben Lim
Sixteen year old Sirichai Danwattana twiddles his thumbs as he and his mother wait outside the doctor’s office at IOM Thailand’s Migrant Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) in Bangkok. They travelled all the way down from the northeastern province of Udon Thani a day before and have just gone for his chest x-ray. They hope that the doctor will certify him as tuberculosis-free so that he would be eligible to apply for settlement in the United Kingdom.
By Reuben Lim
Last week on one hot June afternoon in Bangkok, a regional conference on human trafficking took place at the Shangri-La hotel. The setting at first glance seemed nothing out of the ordinary for an event of this sort. A grand conference room in a five star hotel crowded with national delegations, NGOs and international organisations.
But one thing stood out – Microsoft, a multinational technology leader, had not only joined this conference on ICT and human trafficking but actively contributed towards shaping the conference and bringing it to life in partnership with six International Organizations including IOM, UN-ACT, UN Women, UNICEF, USAID and UNODC.