Migration and Health Discussed at the Astana International Forum Fields 2023
IOM took part at the panel sessions at the AIF fields on 8-9 June 2023. In the questions and answers session moderated by Ms. Afaf Saoudi (Al Jazeera) Dr. Jaime Calderon, Regional Migration and Health Specialist at the IOM Regional Office in Vienna covered key points essential to safeguarding migrants' and communities' health.
Vaccinating migrants aligns with the principles of human rights and equity. Regardless of their migration status, all individuals have the right to access healthcare services, including vaccines. Public health emergencies like pandemics call for inclusive and non-discriminatory responses. Denying vaccines to migrants perpetuates inequalities and disregards their basic rights to health and well-being.
International organizations provide technical expertise and support to countries, particularly those with limited resources, in strengthening their healthcare systems. This includes assistance in developing and implementing health policies, improving infrastructure, enhancing healthcare workforce capacity, and implementing effective health interventions targeted at marginalized populations.