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Can Migration Health Assessments Become a Mechanism for Global Public Health Good?

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International Organization for Migration, Country Office Sri Lanka, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
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Migration Health Division, the International Organization for Migration, Route des Morillons 17, Geneva, 1211 CH, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 9954-9963; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph111009954
Received: 1 July 2014 / Revised: 9 September 2014 / Accepted: 18 September 2014 / Published: 26 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migrant Health)
Migrant health assessments (HAs) consist of a medical examination to assess a migrant’s health status and to provide medical clearance for work or residency based on conditions defined by the destination country and/or employer. We argue that better linkages between health systems and migrant HA processors at the country level are needed to shift these from being limited as an instrument of determining non-admissibility for purposes of visa issuance, to a process that may enhance public health. The importance of providing appropriate care and follow-up of migrants who “fail” their HA and the need for global efforts to enable data-collection and research on HAs are also highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: migrant health; health assessment; tuberculosis screening; migrant rights migrant health; health assessment; tuberculosis screening; migrant rights
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Wickramage, K.; Mosca, D. Can Migration Health Assessments Become a Mechanism for Global Public Health Good? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 9954-9963.

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