Within our Migration Health program, the Arrow Africa delivers and promotes comprehensive, preventive and curative health program which are beneficial, accessible, and equitable for migrants and mobile populations. the Migration Health contributes towards the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants, enabling communities to achieve social and economic development.
Disparities of health
Migration is now a global phenomenon around the world many people are on the move and must be recognized as a social determinant of health; mobility not only impacts upon an individual’s physical vulnerability, but also on mental and social well-being. Migrants and mobile populations face many obstacles in accessing essential health care services due to a number of factors; these include, irregular immigration status, language barriers, a lack of migrant-inclusive health policies, and inaccessibility of services. Such disparities are impacting upon the well-being of migrants and communities, and undermine the realization of global health goals, such as preventing HIV and containing tuberculosis, malaria and the human influenza pandemic. High morbidity and mortality among migrants, especially in irregular, forced, or exploitative migration situations is also an underestimated critical health concern.
Delivering Equitable Health Care for All
ARROW AFRICA and health actors are increasingly recognizing the need for a comprehensive multi-sector approach to migration and health that goes beyond infectious diseases and border control. Migrant inclusive policies that address migration-related health vulnerabilities, non-communicable diseases, mental health, occupational health, environmental health, and access to migrant-friendly health care services must be promoted in order to achieve global development goals and equitable health for all. If we succeed in delivering equitable access for migrants then we will see a reduction in health and social costs, improved social cohesion and, most importantly, healthier migrants in healthier communities.
Arrow Africa Approach to Health
In recent years, there has been significant progress in advancing the migration health agendas among health actors. The adopted calls upon promoting the health of migrants through our programs. Guided by the World Health Assembly Resolution, the Arrow Africa organizes a Consultation on the Health of Migrants every year Four key priorities materialized from the consultation which is our umbrellas approach to migrant’s health:
- Monitoring migrant health
- Migrant sensitive health systems
- Partnerships, networks and frameworks
Arrow Africa promotes Health Assistance for Immigrants: promotes the health of migrants and communities through advocating for migrant-inclusive health policies, delivering technical assistance and enhancing the capacity of health actors in East Africa and partners to provide migrant-friendly services. The program includes addressing HIV, cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, non-communicable diseases, environmental health and the human influenza pandemic, in addition to assisting health actors in managing the migration of health workers. Arrow Africa Partnership for Health and Mobility in East Africa aims to improve the management of migration health and reduce migrants’ vulnerability to HIV by responding to their health needs throughout all phases of the migration process
Migration Health Assistance for Crisis-Affected Populations: Health is an integrated component overall humanitarian response, particularly in natural disasters where Arrow Africa is a Coordination office. Arrow Africa assists crisis-affected populations and the host communities to strengthen and re-establish primary health care systems. Arrow Africa delivers health care and psychosocial support for displaced persons, facilitates medical referrals and arranges medical evacuations for individuals who cannot be cared for locally. Arrow Africa assists in rebuilding community-based services and strengthens crisis-affected health care systems.