Millions of children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced. As of 2016, 28 million children were living in forced displacement – this includes 12 million child refugees and child asylum seekers, and 16 million children living in internal displacement due to conflict and violence. These numbers do not include 7 million children internally displaced by natural disasters. Millions of other children had moved, within or across borders, in pursuit of better opportunities.
Foreword from the Regional Director
GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.
The following information provides a snapshot of some of the activities undertaken by IOM offices in the East and Horn of Africa Region during October 2017.
Vulnerable families in Lainya, Central Equatoria, receive relief assistance
PoC sites to benefit from comprehensive HV and AIDS services
IOM DISTRIBUTES RELIEF ITEMS TO VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN LAINYA, CENTRAL EQUATORIA
2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health: Resetting the Agenda
Jointly Organized by IOM, WHO and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
21-23 February 2017 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
In September 2015, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted, and for the first time, migration was included in mainstream global development policy. With the objective of communicating how IOM identifies migration in the 2030 Agenda to stakeholders and the wider public, and to shed light on the complex challenges and opportunities that accompany the migration-related targets, this IOM publication aims to showcase how different areas of migration are addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals.
United Nations entities recall that a central principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to “ensure that no one is left behind” and to “reach the furthest behind first”. Recognizing that discrimination in health care settings is a major barrier to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations entities commit to working together to support Member States in taking coordinated multisectoral action to eliminate discrimination in health care settings.
IOM’s overall vision is to enhance good governance of migration throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, ultimately aspiring towards migration and human mobility that is humane and orderly and that benefits migrants and societies.
IOM will do so by addressing the mobility dimensions of crises affecting the region and by contributing to structural transformations in the way in which migration is approached, addressed and discussed in the Middle East and North Africa.
Switzerland - Today (25 April), IOM, the UN Migration Agency joins the World Health Organization (WHO), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and other partners to End Malaria for Good, and bring attention to how the burden of malaria continues to be greatest in the least developed parts of the world and among those with low socioeconomic status.
Switzerland - This World TB Day (24/03), IOM reiterates the call for proactive national and international multi-sectoral cooperation, in order to reach tuberculosis targets set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) End TB Strategy and by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Switzerland - On World TB Day 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joins the Stop TB Partnership, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key partners in redoubling efforts to increase public awareness of tuberculosis and its impact on vulnerable populations such as migrants.
Colombo, 23 February 2017 – To address the health challenges posed by increasingly mobile populations, health leaders today adopted the ‘Colombo Statement’ which calls for international collaboration to improve the health and well-being of migrants and their families.
Switzerland - IOM, with financial support from the Stop TB Partnership, yesterday (19/01) launched the world’s first dedicated TB and Migration Portal: The Knowledge Platform on Tuberculosis and Migration (tbandmigration.iom.int).
The portal, created by IOM’s Migration Health Division (MHD), aims to offer a platform through which global partners are able to access and share the latest information, research and knowledge on TB and migration issues, to improve the assistance and the support IOM provides to its beneficiaries worldwide.
Germany - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing chose the theme: “Migration and Refugee Health: From Care to Policy” this week (10/10) in Berlin in an address to the 8th annual World Health Summit organized by the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the President of the French Republic and the President of the European Commission.
Switzerland - IOM took part in the Workshop on Migration Health held in San Jose, Costa Rica on 28-29 September 2016.
The event was sponsored by Costa Rica’s Dirección General de Migración and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and co-organized by IOM and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO WHO) through the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) or “Puebla Process”.
Switzerland - IOM yesterday (22/9) participated in an event on Health in the Context of Migration and Forced Displacement on the sidelines of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York.
The panel, hosted by the Governments of Italy and Sri Lanka, and co-organized by IOM, UNHCR and WHO, included participants from Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC).
Switzerland - IOM addressed refugee and migrant health during the 66th Session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee Meeting for Europe, held from 12-15 September 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Davide Mosca, Director of IOM’s Migration Health Division, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. He noted that IOM’s move to become a “Related Organization” of the UN at the forthcoming General Assembly in New York represented a unique opportunity to promote the health of migrants and refugees.