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23 March 2016

Migrants Must Not Be Left Out of Efforts to End Tuberculosis

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is marking this year’s World TB Day by highlighting the critical importance of engaging in productive multi-sectoral partnerships to promote the health and well-being of migrants and mobile populations around the world, and help eliminate tuberculosis (TB).

With the theme ‘Unite to End TB’, this year’s World TB Day falls right in the middle of the current migrant crisis in Europe, and after the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that in different ways have both brought migration to the forefront of the agenda of governments, international community and other stakeholders.

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World TB Day 2016: Messages

On 24 March 2016, IOM observes World TB Day along with other partners around the world. Watch a joint message featuring Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of Stop TB Partnership, and Dr. Davide Mosca, Director of IOM Migration Health.

Watch here  | IOM World TB Day Video Playlist



Thailand: Breathe Easy | Watch video


Cambodia: Detecting, treating TB in vulnerable migrants | Watch video

Quote of the day

"It is very encouraging to see that the End TB strategy addresses migration, calls for adaptation at country level and collaboration with the migration sector. It places patients and communities at the heart of the response. However, in implementing this strategy, it is crucial to ensure that migrants are not left behind. " – William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General. More here


Migration in the News


  • Devex spoke to IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson about her assessment of the current state of migrants’ rights, the efforts underway to integrate them, and the role for the private sector in that process.

  • Washington Post reported that Germany is offering migrants a plane ticket home and a small business grant to persuade them to leave the country permanently.

  • New Europe reported that the ship reporting systems owned to the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) will support the efforts of the EU authorities to detect refugee boats.

Trending on the Internet


  • New York Times reported that the attack in Brussels has fueled the bitter debate about the influx of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Voice of America reported that Pakistani migrants could be the first to be deported under the EU-Turkey deal.

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