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28 September 2018

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Argentina Szabados (r), IOM Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia addresses the UN high level side event on HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis in New York. Photo: IOM

Act Now on Migrant Health, IOM Tells UN General Assembly

New York – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has added its voice to the call for better healthcare in Europe and Central Asia.  

At the first of three IOM side-events on health at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York Thursday (27 September), IOM Regional Director Argentina Szabados noted that diseases like TB, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis “don’t carry passports but can move from country to country.” 

Szabados – whose office covers South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia – spoke at a high-level panel to discuss the UN’s Common Position on combatting the three diseases, which affect millions across the region.

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A large-scale project was launched to provide equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services for people affected by the crisis in South Sudan while strengthening prevention of gender-based violence (GBV). Photo: IOM

New Framework for Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Crises ‘Reinforces IOM’s Accountability’

GenevaGender-Based Violence (GBV) is prevalent in all the crises where the UN Migration Agency (IOM) operates. Worldwide, IOM camp managers, shelter engineers, and health workers, amongst others, witness every day the unbearable, devastating and often prolonged consequences of crises and displacement. This may include the individual harm and suffering caused by acts of GBV, and its negative impacts on communities the Organization seeks to assist and protect through, for example, stigmatization and ostracism of GBV survivors, lack of social cohesion and even failed peace processes.

Although IOM has addressed GBV within emergency and post-crisis programmes for many years, interventions were largely ad hoc and not systematically integrated into IOM crisis operations.

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