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25 April 2018

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UN Migration Agency Committed to Beating Malaria through Partnership and Action

Geneva  – On World Malaria Day (25/04), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other global partners are promoting efforts to tackle malaria, one of the oldest, yet most pervasive public health threats of our time.

In 2016, there were over 216 million cases of malaria globally, 445,000 malaria related deaths, and USD 2.7 billion invested in prevention, treatment and elimination of the disease. Africa contributes to nearly 90 per cent of the global burden of malaria. 

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A child rides to school on an IOM-run bus in Azrap Camp, Jordan. Photo: IOM 2017

Dreaming of Their Potential

Syrian children talk about their futures on the way to school in Jordan

Jordan  – In Jordan’s Azraq Camp where over 45,000 Syrian refugees are seeking shelter from the conflict across the border, 14-year-old Abdallah is finishing the 8th grade at a school run by the Ministry of Education.

Unlike some young teenagers, Abdallah likes going to school. He enjoys the way Jordanian teachers deliver their lessons and knows that the information he learns during class could be vital to his future.

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Jory: "Leaving home is the most difficult thing I have ever done."

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  • The Daily Nation reported that over 40,000 Rohingya families in Cox's Bazar refugee camps have now been trained on shelter upgrading techniques ahead of the fast approaching monsoon and cyclone season.
  • India’s Scroll reported that some 25,000 Rohingyas living in the camps built on the steep slopes of hills in Cox’s Bazar are in grave danger of mudslides during the coming monsoon.
  • Reuters reported that European countries had been urged to do more to stop illegal trade in Libya in fuel and inflatable boats which is helping human traffickers with deadly results.
  • IRIN reported that in the absence of a functioning state, outside NGOs are left to provide healthcare – even primary healthcare – to most of South Sudan. Yet those organisations continue to face major obstacles to doing their work.
  • Ghana News Agency and Graphic Online reported that emerging trends in human trafficking show that victims are trafficked for the gruesome purpose of removing their vital organs for sale. This was disclosed during the signing of the Human Trafficking Standard Operating Procedures in Ghana.
  • San Francisco Magazine shared the story of Clemantine Wamariya, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide when she was just a child. Her story is featured in a new memoir called The Girl Who Smiled Beads.
  • The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported that IOM has partnered with the Government of Zimbabwe to launch a three year programme on human trafficking that will see various counter trafficking activities being implemented including strengthening protection to identified victims.
  • The Nation reported that along the US border with Mexico, 7,000 corpses have been found since the early 1990s and a reasonable estimate of the actual death toll is triple that number.
  • The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs reported that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong and IOM conducted a Training Workshop for Diplomatic and Consular Personnel on Identifying and Investigating Human Trafficking Cases.
  • El País, Czech Republic’s Lidovky, Italy’s La Stampa and TG Com 24 reported that the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh since August are being helped by local authorities and NGOs in preparing for the rainy season.


  • UN News, Euronews, RTE reported about the UN-EU conference on future of Syria which opened in Brussels with urgent calls for additional international support.
  • Canada’s Global News reported that Canadians will have to wait at least a few days – and possibly longer – for a fully updated plan to deal with a renewed surge in irregular border-crossings.
  • Haaretz and Nigeria’s Vanguard reported that Israel has shelved plans to deport about 40,000 African refugees.