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.
In the southeast of Myanmar, just outside of Mawlamyine in Mon State, the Shwe Nga Lay “Goldfish” Group operates out of an unassuming building, which they constructed with their own funds.
King Jaffer is the royal tribal leader of Abu Dam village, located in Um Baru locality in North Darfur. King Jaffer is 51 years, with 10 children – 3 girls and 7 boys. He tells us how he gained his title through family lineage; his ancestors before him were part of the royal family in Abu Dam village in Um Baru locality for the last 200 years.
I was born in a bamboo hut in Chiang Dao district in Chiang Mai, a member of the Lahu, an ethnic group that usually lives in remote settlements away from roads and towns.
“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.
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 long for the day my country will be stable, i wish for peace, stability, I wish for the day children and their parents and grandparents can come out to the streets to sing and dance without fear of the militia or army beating and killing us,” says John, albeit in a pensive tone of voice.
On 15 October 2015, IOM and local implementing partners in settlements for internally displaced people (IDPs) across Somalia joined millions of people around the world to wash their hands with soap at special events marking Global Handwashing Day.
A medical staff conducts malaria testing at an IOM clinic in Myanmar. Access to diagnostic services is a key component in the fight against malaria as early detection and prompt treatment prevents deaths and reduces transmission.© IOM 2013
By Colin Ward, Nenette Motus and Davide Mosca
Today’s globalised world is witnessing unprecedented human mobility and migration trends. There are 214 million international migrants, along with 740 million internal migrants. One out of 7 persons is on the move. The increasingly multi-directional massive movements of people with marked feminisation raises complex implications on global health throughout the phases of migration – before departure, during travel and transit, at destination and upon return.
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.