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25 April 2016

IOM, Partners Unite to ‘End Malaria For Good’

Switzerland - Today, World Malaria Day 2016, IOM joins the World Health Organization, Member States, global health stakeholders and key affected communities in calling for concerted and coordinated efforts to “End Malaria For Good” as reflected in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030.*

According to WHO, 3.2 billion of the world’s population remains at risk of malaria. There is an urgent need to pursue targeted and multi-sectoral collaborative efforts to achieve such targets as reducing the rate of new malaria cases by at least 90%, eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries, and preventing a resurgence of infection in malaria-free countries.

As the global health community renews its commitment to action against malaria, it is important to bear in mind that several groups of migrants, mobile populations and travelers remain at disproportionately high risk for malaria, including drug and insecticide resistance.

Countries aiming for malaria free status cannot do so without addressing equitable provision of health services, including health education, accessible diagnosis and effective treatment for migrants, especially those living or working in endemic areas.

Director of IOM’s Migration Health Division Dr. Davide Mosca said: “In all stages of migration - at origin, in transit, at destination and upon return - migrants and mobile populations may face marginalization and poor access to health care services, reducing the effectiveness of malaria control and prevention strategies. Malaria control strategies often fail to account for migrant populations and their specific needs, for example as hard-to-reach or crises-affected populations. Factors relating to migrants’ living, working and transit conditions increase their likelihood of being infected with malaria.”

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In Sankhu, an hour by road from Kathmandu, IOM employs 100 residents to assist with debris cleanup. Photo: Paula Bronstein / CNN / Getty Images.

Building Better in Nepal

Nepal - Today marks the one year anniversary of the Gorkha Earthquake that resulted in large numbers of fatalities and injuries and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure, IOM physiotherapist Philip Sheppard in  an Op-Ed for The Kathmandu Post.

The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have resulted in more than 22,300 injuries and 8,790 deaths. Additionally, more than 400 healthcare facilities have been destroyed all over the country, while 700 have been partially damaged. The high number of injuries implies that there are now many people living with some form of disability.

Soon after the earthquakes, Nepal’s rehabilitation professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and prosthetists and orthoptists worked tirelessly to reduce the long-term effects of disability and prevent complications associated with secondary conditions such as pressure sores. Most of the injuries resulted from falling objects and debris or from individuals jumping and running from buildings. The Nepal Physiotherapy Association’s (NEPTA) report mentions that approximately 70 percent of the injuries were fractures. There were also around 200 spinal cord injuries, 40 amputations and a small percentage of other conditions such as traumatic brain injuries.

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For the past week, we have been asking you questions on ‘climate migration’. Here is IOM's working definition of climate migration.

Migration in the News

  • Reuters reported that according to IOM, migrants and refugees are now arriving in Greece from Turkey at the rate of about 150 a day – a slight increase from earlier this month, despite Turkey’s deal with the European Union (EU) to stem the flow. Daily Mail UK, Express and Prensa Latina also ran the story.

  • Reuters reported the visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU officials to a Turkish province bordering Syria  on Saturday, where they met Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu.  Reuters also reported that Germany supports a plan for the creation of “safe zones” for internally displaced people in Syria to discourage them from fleeing the country.

  • AFP reported that Turkish PM Davutoglu pressured Merkel and EU officials during the visit to deliver on a promise of visa-free travel for Turkish citizens as part of Turkey’s migrant deal with the EU.

  • IRIN reported on South-South economic migration, which exceeds migration from the poor countries of the South to the rich countries of the North.

  • Prensa Latina reported that, according to IOM, nearly 3 million people have been displaced from countries neighboring Lake Chad by the Boko Haram insurgency.

  • A Washington Post Op-Ed says that what’s missing in the EU’s strategy to stem migrant flows to Europe is a more humanitarian commitment to provide for those seeking refuge, and a commitment to tackle the conflicts driving them from their homes.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC Trending reports that Somali journalist Abdinur Mohamed Ahmed has started a twitter campaign using the hashtag “Don’tBuyDeath” to urge Somalis to stay and rebuild their country, instead of paying smugglers to help them to reach the Arabian Gulf or Europe.

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