A one-time tool was launched on the health of refugees and migrants


WHO has developed the Migrant and Refugee Health Toolkit, a web-based one-stop comprehensive platform of tools and resources, to support global, regional and country efforts to implement health and migration-related activities.

Migration and displacement often affect the physical and mental health and well-being of people, especially those displaced from their homes. It can have a particular impact on people who cross borders or are internally displaced, and people in informal situations or who are vulnerable and have special health and protection needs.

Migrants and refugees may face many conditions, such as their refugee status. national migration policies; and where language, cultural, economic and social barriers often prevent access to health care.

Decision-makers and health professionals are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary for strong and comprehensive health systems to help meet the health needs and rights of these populations and advance health and migration agendas.

“We developed the tool to help countries design, develop and implement health and migration policies, strategies and services based on evidence and technical soundness,” said Dr Santino Severoni, Director of WHO’s Health and Migration Programme. “We hope that Member States will use this single-source, practical and user-friendly toolkit, including the Global Action Program (GAP), Enhancing the Health of Refugees and Refugees, 2019-2023”, and regional action programs with similar goals.

A one-stop source of information, guidance and tools

The toolkit contains modules with 18 tools each of the GAP 2019-2023 priorities:

  • Module 1: Short and Long Term Public Health Interventions To promote the health of immigrants and refugees. Tools for this module highlight common communicable and noncommunicable diseases, including mental health, public health emergencies, and vaccines.
  • Module 2: Inclusion of Migrant and Migrant Health Global, regional and country agenda and access to population-centred health services. The tools in this module explain how to introduce migrants and refugees into plans and initiatives. provision of primary health care and infrastructure; maternal and child health; and sexual and reproductive health, including gender-based violence.
  • Module 3: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health and employee and occupational health and safety. Tools in this module highlight urban health, climate change, water and sanitation, occupational and worker health and safety, and how these areas can close health equity gaps between immigrants and the general population.
  • Module 4: Country assessment, health surveillance and health information systems. The tools in this module are to strengthen data collection methodology, analytics, health information systems, refugee health monitoring and evaluation.
  • Module 5: Communication, preventing stereotypes and increasing community participation. Tools in this module include prevention of communication and misinformation for the successful implementation of public health programs and the participation of migrants and refugees in decision-making processes and campaigns at national and local levels.
  • Module 6: Cooperation and cooperation. This module provides guidance on strategies and tactics for enhancing cooperation and partnerships for global health and humanitarian cooperation among countries, regions, United Nations agencies and other stakeholders.

Each module includes a summary of key topics, an action list for stakeholders, links to the latest guidelines, case studies and reports, training materials and other WHO relevant themes. An introductory section provides essential knowledge regarding migrant and refugee health, definitions, international trends, legal frameworks and recommendations.

The equipment is not ordered. They can be adapted to each specific context, region and society to inform context-specific analysis and approaches to migrant and refugee health.

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WHO Member States, WHO Country Offices, UN partners, and non-governmental actors working on refugee and refugee health develop a refugee and refugee health toolkit to implement truly equitable and inclusive health programs and to review national health plans and strategies; and You can strengthen it. Promoting the health of migrants and refugees and host populations.

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