Migrants and internally displaced people are at risk for tuberculosis infection and disease. They encounter multiple TB risk factors along their migration. Malnutrition, overcrowding in resettlement camps and disruption of healthcare services is a common experience. Prejudice and stigma against migrants adds additional complexity once they have arrived at their destination.
The epidemiology of TB among migrants is, however, not well understood due to the challenges in surveying marginalized populations. Further, health systems, policies, and legal frameworks are not developed enough to address the problem satisfactorily. Evidence-based and right-based interventions—and advocacy for them—are essential to prevent, diagnose and treat TB humanely in migrants. The GHDonline MDR-TB community will host an expert panel discussion January 16 – 20, 2017 to explore theses issues.
- Paul Douglas PHD, Immigration Health, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Government
- Masoud Dara MD, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
- Deliana Garcia MA, Migrants Clinician Network
- Poonam Dhavan PHD, Migration Health Programme , IOM
During our week-long discussion, panelist will address the following questions:
- How can we best measure and analyze the TB burden among migrants?
- What are the principle risk factors for tuberculosis in migrants and how can they be mitigated?
- How can health systems be adapted to make them more effective at addressing TB in migrants? Should interventions be rights-based? Evidence-based?
- What types of international instruments can be used to establish a continuum of care for people moving across borders?
- What types of policy and legal approaches are necessary to support migrant TB programs?
- How can individuals and groups advocate for and empower migrant communities to seek better TB care while avoiding stigma?
Join the expert panel : https://www.ghdonline.org/tb-among-migrants/?ref=expertpanels