Building alliances for the global governance of migration and health

Jo Vearey, Miriam Orcutt, Larry Gostin, Christy Adeola Braham and Patrick Duigan

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 16 September 2019)

“A collective, alliance based programme of action on migration and health that brings together civil society, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers is needed. A central “point-person” to drive and coordinate this process would need to be identified within central government; in different contexts, different focal persons may exist. Sri Lanka is a rare example of a country with a dedicated—and well documented—national migration and health policy process that can provide helpful insight for other countries. To support innovation and context specific alliance building, research is required to document and evaluate existing migration and health interventions and policies.”

“Crucially, there is a need to develop ways to future proof the global governance of migration and health: this is a contemporary governance priority for both the global health and migration sectors. If migration and health governance continues to be sidelined, it jeopardises action towards major global health targets, including those associated with the sustainable development goals, most notably that of universal health coverage. Two global compacts (international principles for good practice) were adopted in December 2018: one focuses on international migration and the other on refugees. These compacts provide opportunities for nation states to implement good governance approaches to tackle migration and health. Whether nation states choose a governance approach based on increasingly nationalistic discourses or an evidence informed approach to healthy migration remains to be seen. Developing a national scorecard on Migration and Health in all Policies, similar to the established Health in All Policies approach, could be an important step in holding nation states to account on their commitments both to universal health coverage and the sustainable development goals. To truly “leave no one behind” there must be a concerted global effort to build alliances to include migration and health in all policies.”

Improving the health of migrants

Kolitha Wickramage, Paul J Simpson, and Kamran Abbasi

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 16 September 2019)

With this editorial we launch a new series from The BMJ. The series seeks to improve understanding of the complexities of delivering better health for migrants and communities affected by migration, tackle unhelpful stereotypes and prejudices aimed at migrants, and focus on the role of health in improving the societal response to migrants. Developed by The BMJ in collaboration with the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Migration Health and Development Research Network (MHADRI), the first three articles consider the migrant health system and political dimensions of navigating policy, politics, and diplomacy in this complex field.

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.

Early Career Workshop: Migration and Health in Southern Africa

29TH AND 30TH JULY 2019


We invite applications for a two-day workshop aimed at postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on migration and health in southern Africa.  Sessions will be run on methods and ethics, theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of migrant health, refugee health with international experts.

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Research Assistant in Gender, Migration and Health Systems (Berlin)

Department of Global Health & Development

Salary: £34,238 to £39,304 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date: Friday 19 July 2019
Reference: PHP-GHD-2019-12

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. In 2018, the School established a small Berlin office in collaboration with the Centre Global Health at the Charite Medical School. 

We are seeking a Research Assistant based at LSHTM’s Berlin office where the project PI is based. The post entails periods of extensive field work in South Africa and close collaboration with colleagues at the Africa Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at the University of Witwatersrand, and the University of Cape Town. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in ground-breaking research on gender, migration and health systems and would suit someone seeking to establish themselves as a researcher in this field, with a strong interest in health policy and systems work.

The post-holder will have a key role in coordinating the research grant focused on gender, migration and health systems in South Africa. This involves activities throughout the project cycle including conducting data collection/ analysis, drafting research publications and presenting findings, and participating in the research process and the life of LSHTM Berlin and wider community on migration and health linked to the ACMS. The post-holder will deal with logistics including convening the advisory board, ethics applications, developing/maintaining a project website and coordinating the monthly project call. 

The appointee must have a postgraduate degree in a relevant field, experience in qualitative research and analysis in migration and gender and experience of field work in low and middle income countries. They must have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, including the ability to communicate effectively. Interest in health policy and systems research is desirable. Further particulars are included in the job description.

This post is funded until June 2021, with potential for extension pending funding confirmation, and is subject to LSHTM terms and conditions. The salary is on the Academic Scale, Grade 5 £34,238 – £39,304 per annum (inclusive of London weighting). No relocation allowance will be paid. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year. In addition, there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made at and include the names of 2 referees. Applications are accepted until 10pm on the closing date. Queries regarding the process may be addressed to

The supporting statement should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the process and failure to provide this information means the application will not be considered. Answers such as “Please see attached CV” are considered unacceptable. 

Please note, if shortlisted but unable to attend the interview it may not be possible to offer alternative dates. 

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