Migration Health

Healthy Migrants in Healthy Communities


Iraqi Community Health Volunteers delivering an informative session on maternal child health at IOM and Caritas joint event Health in Motion.© 2010

IOM is working with the Government of Kenya to harmonize the response to HIV throughout the transport corridors. © IOM 2012

Indigenous cultural advisors during training with culturally appropriate flipcharts. © IOM 2011

Measles and MMR vaccination at the Eastleigh Community Wellness Centre. © 2011

Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport staff offering HIV counselling services during the sectoral workplace campaigns supported by IOM. © IOM 2012

IOM Tajikistan developed information and education materials, in seven foreign languages, on HIV, STI and TB prevention.  © IOM 2012

Cholera prevention, health promotion and assistance in the districts of Obock and Tadjourah, Djibouti. © IOM 2012

Patients queue outside of the IOM semi-static clinic in Payuer Returnee Site in South Sudan while waiting to receive health services. © IOM 2012

An IOM nurse demonstrating hand-washing to children in the camp during the International Handwashing Day event in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. © IOM 2012

The lanterns were distributed in camps for internally displaced persons to protect vulnerable women from sexual and gender-based violence in Somalia. © IOM 2013

IOM Nepal has been awarded a Rana Samundra Trophy by the National Tuberculosis Center (NTC), Department of Health Service, the Ministry of Health and Population, for having introduced the molecular diagnostic tool “GeneXpert” in Nepal. Read more


IOM's Vision on Migration Health

Migrants and mobile populations benefit from an improved standard of physical, mental and social wellbeing, which enables them to substantially contribute towards the social and economic development of their home communities and host societies.

IOM’s Strategic Objectives on Migration Health

IOM’s strategic objectives on migration health are derived from the 2008 World Health Assembly Resolution on the Health of Migrants (61.17) that recommends action along four pillars. These four pillars have been further operationalized and agreed during the Global Consultation on the Health of Migrants organized by WHO, IOM and the Government of Spain (Madrid, 2010):

  1. Monitoring migrant health
  2. Enable conducive policy and legal frameworks on migrant health
  3. Strengthen migrant friendly health systems
  4. Facilitate partnerships, networks and multi-country frameworks on migrant health

IOM’s Approach to Migration Health

These strategic objectives are in line with the four basic principles for a public health approach to address the health of migrants and host communities (WHO, 2008):

Public Health Approach to Migrant Health

  1. To avoid disparities in health status and access to health services between migrants and the host population.
  2. To ensure migrants’ health rights. This entails limiting discrimination or stigmatization, and removing impediments to migrants’ access to preventive and curative interventions, which are the basic health entitlements of the host population.
  3. To put in place lifesaving interventions so as to reduce excess mortality and morbidity among migrant populations. This is of particular relevance in situations of forced migration resulting from disasters or conflict.
  4. To minimize the negative health outcomes of the migration process on migrants’ health outcomes. Migration generally renders migrants more vulnerable to health risks and exposes them to potential hazards and greater stress arising from displacement, and adaptation to new environments.