Migration Health

Healthy Migrants in Healthy Communities


Health Promotion for Migrants

Activities in this programme area promote the equitable access to quality health services for migrants and mobile populations, including migrants in irregular situations such as trafficked persons and stranded migrants, as well as labour migrants and migrant hosting communities. Activities facilitate the strengthening of migrant-friendly and migrant inclusive health systems which benefit migrants and the communities in which they live.

This programme area covers a range of health topics including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV as well as non-infectious health issues such as mental health and psychosocial response, reproductive health, and occupational health and safety. Programme responses also include a focus on non-health topics that are important in the context of migrants' health, such as gender, sexual and gender-based violence, climate change and human rights, among others.

IOM's Activities

To ensure effective programmes, IOM builds strong affiliations with health ministries to create solid, sector-wide migrant-friendly health systems ultimately benefiting migrants and the communities in which they live. Equally important is active and close engagement with migrant communities and civil society developing rights-based as well as language- and culture- appropriate policies and programmes.

Selected Projects

    The EQUI-HEALTH action aims to improve the access and appropriateness of health care services, health promotion and prevention to meet the needs of migrants, the Roma and other vulnerable ethnic minority groups, including irregular migrants residing in the European Union/European Economic Area.
  • Partnership on Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa (PHAMESA)
    The PHAMESA regional programme offers a comprehensive public health approach, addressing health concerns that particularly affect migrants and mobile populations, primarily labour migrants and mobile workers, forced migrants, and irregular migrants, with focus on HIV prevention, treatment and care, and related conditions like TB and reproductive health throughout all phases of the migration process.
  • TB REACH Projects 
    The IOM TB REACH projects in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand aim to increase case detection of TB, detect the disease as early as possible, and ensure timely and complete treatment while maintaining high TB cure rates. TB REACH focuses on reaching people with limited or no access to TB services and looking for innovative ways to do this.