Helena Legido-Quigley and colleagues argue that “health systems in which no-one is left behind can be created, but it requires political will and concerted action by everyone.”
To truly “leave no one behind” there must be a concerted global effort to build alliances to include migration and health in all policies.
Better health for migrants isn’t simply a moral imperative. It is an evidence informed, economically wise choice that will improve health for all. It is a choice that must be made in defiance of populism, prejudice, and political expediency.
To start global health’s decolonization and rewrite its narrative, more Global South scholars and practitioners must begin writing and talking about global health – its analysis, institutions, and processes – as they see it. There is nothing to fear about sounding politically incorrect – after all, there is nothing politically correct about colonialism. But there is always room for a respectful conversation.
By identifying what is needed to advance ethical research in this field, the meeting aimed to stimulate an agenda to improve research practice and health outcomes for migrant and refugee populations.
This scoping exercise revealed a number of gaps in migration and health research, governance and access to resources and was successful in bringing to attention challenges that are specific to different national and regional contexts.
The Commission presents evidence based approaches to inform public discourse and policy to address migration as a global health priority, and proposes recommendations for maximising the health of all people on the move. The Commission is an independent group of academics, policymakers, and health system experts with experience across the world to review current knowledge and producing new empirical work and policy recommendations on the role of migration on health. The report takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the appraisal of information and data and the presentation of recommendations including sociological, political, legal, epidemiological, humanitarian and anthropological perspectives.
MHADRI chats to Assoc. Prof. Dr Paul Bukuluki about migration and health challenges in East Africa and his suggestions for improving the adaptability of global migration frameworks to improve health for all.
Migration and health consultant Hassan Imam talks about research gaps in Bangladesh, the importance of multilateral action on migration health governance issues and how research should be used to benefit society at the grass-roots level.
Nutrition and public health researcher Dr Renuka Jayatissa reflects on migration and health challenges in Sri Lanka and discusses the need for effective monitoring and evaluation and the power of evidence in shaping policy.