Migration Health is an integral part of IOM Zimbabwe programmes.
Human mobility is a significant public health issue both in terms of the epidemiological aspects of diseases and physical access to health services. The strategic objective of the Migration Health programme is to address the health vulnerabilities and challenges faced by migrants and communities affected by migration in Zimbabwe. Accordingly, the programme seeks to contribute towards the formulation and strengthening of policy and institutional frameworks on migration health.
Further, the programme seeks to facilitate, provide and promote access to migrant sensitive health services, information and referrals in order to improve health outcomes of migrants and migration affected communities.
The Migration Health Programme Focus:
- UK TB Detection Programme
- TB REACH Project
- Refugee Resettlement Programme
United Kingdom Tuberculosis Detection Programme
Travellers applying for a visa to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) for period longer than six months to United Kingdom (UK) and aged 11 and over will need to obtain an International Organization for Migration (IOM) medical certificate confirming that the traveller is free from active tuberculosis (TB) . The following will not be required to obtain a certificate: diplomatic passport holders traveling on official business or on a posting to the UK, those who qualify for an exempt visa, those applying for a certificate of entitlement, returning residents and children under 11 years of age.
TB REACH Project
Tuberculosis (TB) control and early detection among migrants and migration affected communities in the provinces of Matebeleland South, Zimbabwe.
Overall objective: To increase detection of TB cases by 30% among irregular Zimbabwean migrants returned from South Africa and Botswana and communities they interact in Matebeleland South Province by December 2015.
- Lab strengthening for improved TB diagnostics
- Systematic TB screening for all migrants at Reception and Support Centres
- Improved access to TB screening and treatment services for migrants and host communities in Matabeleland south
- To increase awareness of TB and HIV/AIDS among migrants and high migrant-sending communities
- Use of m-Health technology
Refugee Resettlement Programme
The Migration Health Division (MHD) is responsible for the health of all migrants moved under its auspices.IOM is in a unique position to help address these issues through:
- Managing medical aspects of refugee resettlement to reduce the impact of imported infectious diseases in the United States, Australia and Canada.
- Pre-departure medical evaluation of refugees to diagnose and administer preventative treatment for certain conditions of public health significance.
- Pre-embarkation health evaluation to ensure refugees ar fit for travel.
- Medical escort services to ensure refugees suffering from illness or disease are attended to during travel as needed