In this current stage of globalization, people are increasingly on the move within and across borders to meet social, economic and environmental challenges. Population mobility has health implication both for migrants and for those they leave behind. Migration often makes migrants more vulnerable to health risks. This may constitute an important and growing challenge to achieving the health targets, including the HIV/AIDS target set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In line with the WHO resolution on the health of migrants, IOM takes a comprehensive rights based approach to promote the health of migrants. Migration health also takes into consideration the social determinants for health that influence communicable and non-communicable diseases.
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.
With this regard, IOM Bangladesh conducts Migration Health Assessments for Bangladeshi migrants and provides a package of services that involve a Health assessment, Vaccination, DNA sampling service, TB diagnostic and treatment at the Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) in Dhaka and Sylhet.