MHADRI Newsletter December 2021

We're back! Since our last newsletter in winter 2020, a lot has changed. Health provision for migrants and asylum seekers is more important than ever. In this newsletter, we highlight some new developments in MHADRI and resources for those interested in migrant health.

A core goal of MHADRI has always been to establish an Early Career Network. We aim to make the community and knowledge within accessible to young researchers, and part of this is having a sub-committee made up of said researchers. Interested in serving and gaining experience working with other ECR's? Kindly email us at or click this link to find out more! 
Website Updates

Have a look at our newly refreshed website! We are working hard to make sure MHADRI is easily accessible to both new and established researchers, and having a good website is an important part of that!
Click here to have a look.

The communications team is currently working on translation and accessibility supports as well. Are you a MHADRI member with ideas on how to make our online presence work better for you? Reach out to:
Already a Member? 
For those who already members, we'd like to remind you of the features we have on our members' portal! This is a great way to find other members in your area or field of expertise if you wish to collaborate. You are also able to edit your own profile to promote and disseminate your work. 
Course Announcement
MHADRI Steering Committee members Drs. Paul Bukuluki, Ursula Trummer, and colleagues have worked to develop a course on health and migration. This is offered by Makerere University (Uganda), The Centre for Health and Migration (Austria), and the International Organization for Migration.

This course was held first in March 2021 and again across August, September, and October of 2021, with an additional "Open Forum" to stimulate further discussion and exchange of experience. 

The two courses and Open Forum together accommodated 130 participants from 11 countries (Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Turkey) with lectures from 20 facilitators from 11 countries. 91 participants fulfilled the criteria for being awarded a certificate of completion (attendance at sessions, 2 thematic course papers) and received their certificates in online award ceremonies.

The planning for further iterations of the course is already in the making, again with strong support from IOM and the Migration, Health and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI). This partnership has further been strengthened by the active participation of faculty at Makerere University.

Click here to view the past course's agenda, as well as facilitator and participant profiles. 


Steering Committee Members Dr. Duleeka Knipe, Dr. Kolitha Wickramage, and colleagues have done important research on the long-term impact of parental emigration on children's self-harm risk. Click here to read the article.

Future Plans
MHADRI has lots of exciting plans for 2022! Our next newsletter will be out in February. We will be profiling members and their work and are hoping to reach out to a few of you for interviews. We are also planning on undertaking a photo contest so we can fill the website with members' content. 

Do you have ideas for projects the MHADRI team could undertake to better support our members? Email to let us know!
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