The health journey of refugees and migrants is global health - Episode 17 of the Global Health Matters podcast from TDR

20 September, 2022




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The health journey of refugees and migrants is global health

Dear podcast listener,

For this episode we bring you a topic that rarely reaches the top of the global health agenda, that is the subject of the health of refugees and migrants. This podcast episode lays out the key issues for the listener and through our guests it builds an awareness to ensure this topic gets better attention in the future.

As the Global Health Matters host, I spoke with the following guests:

Eugen Ghita

Human Rights Monitor and President,

Roma Lawyers Association, Romania RomaJust

Reem Mussa

Humanitarian Advisor and Coordinator of the Forced Migration Team,

Médecins Sans Frontières

During this podcast we hear the health experiences of Eugen Ghita, who was previously a migrant himself and he is now working as a human rights monitor on behalf of the Roma community in Europe. Eugen had to wait for over two years to get residency and identity documents in order to benefit from proper medical services, making it difficult to stay healthy at the beginning of his new life. Eugen identified that there is a lack of information dedicated to the refugees and many language barriers.

Reem Mussa from MSF is able to give us context in relation to the policies of the different types of refugees and migrants, including the repercussions for the health of the newcomers may encounter on their journey such as mental health needs or respiratory conditions for those subjected to detention. These preventable health conditions and lack of primary health care provision may possibly have a long-term impact on the individual's health which may lead to an additional burden on their host country in the future. Many countries do allow for access to health care regardless of the legal status of people, but not all, some may only provide for emergency healthcare. MSF promotes the importance of a separation between border control/ immigration schemes and healthcare access, as some migrants without right to remain may fear authorities or deportation and so not access healthcare for that reason.

Many thanks to our Global Health Matters podcast team.

Best regards,

Dr Garry Aslanyan

Host and moderator

Global Health Matters podcast

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Kindly note that this podcast discusses mental health for refugees and migrants, TDR would like to refer you to WHO guidance [] for those seeking further support.


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