IOM works to enable migrants and IDPs to benefit from an improved standard of physical, mental and social well-being, so that they can substantially contribute to the social and economic development of their home country and host communities. IOM’s health programming in Ethiopia includes health assessments, pre-departure medical services for migrants, and provision of lifesaving primary health-care services to underserved, unreached, crisis-affected communities and returning IDPs.
Intervention Focus Areas:
Pre-consular services: IOM provides pre-consular services such as DNA sample collection for UK, Italy, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This is one of the tools toward family reunification.
HIV /AIDS, TB and Malaria: IOM supports the Government and other stakeholders in addressing HIV/ AIDS, TB, Malaria and other conditions in the context of population mobility in Ethiopia including collection, analysis, and dissemination of accurate, timely and relevant data. To address health related issues of migrants, IOM engaged in Partnership on Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa (PHAMESA) framework, United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), UN HIV joint team, Ministry of Health and other health promotion activities.
IOM will focus on two prospective projects:
- service delivery to mobile workers in developmental corridors in Ethiopia
- support to MoH pastoralist directorate.
These are areas where diaspora engagement, specifically through knowledge and skills transfer, may contribute to strengthening of the health system.
Under IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR), returnees from the Middle East including Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Libya have been provided medical assistance and support.
The Migration Health Unit is expanding its activities to migration health concerns of mobile populations including trafficked persons, internal migrants and other vulnerable groups.