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MHADRI Newsletter October 2022

As always, we invite you to read about what our MHADRI members have been doing over the past few months. If you are a MHADRI member, feel free to email us and share your accomplishments!

Symposium: Migration Governance and Health

MHADRI Members Paul Bukuluki and Ursula Trummer were involved in the running of the Migration Governance and Health Symposium from Sep 1-2. 

Organizers:
- Department of Social Work and Social Administration, School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University
- IOM – UN Migration, RO for East and Horn of Africa
- Center for Health and Migration, Vienna, Austria

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MHADRI members hosted talks and moderated panels such as  "Health and Migration, towards an agenda for Africa" (Davide T. Mosca), "Strengthening the South-South-North cooperation" (Paul Bukuluki), and more. Read the entire program here

World Report on the Health of Refugees and Migrants

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The current World Report on the Health of Refugees and Migrants was published in July 2022. Multiple MHADRI members worked on the literature review for the WHO African Region, including Jo Vearey and Thea de Gruchy. 

"Worldwide, more people are on the move now than ever before, yet many refugees and migrants face poorer health outcomes than the host populations. Addressing their health needs is, therefore, a global health priority and integral to the principle of the right to health for all. The key is to strengthen and maintain health systems by ensuring that they are refugee- and migrant-sensitive and inclusive."

Free Access to Handbook of Refugee Health

We are glad to promote the fact that Taylor & Francis is offering free access to the Handbook of Refugee Health. This is an important resource for those working to better the world of refugee health and is wonderful that more researchers and  practitioners will now have access. 

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From the introduction:

"Our view and definition of refugee and forced migrant health is a broad one that encompasses the entire migrant journey, addresses predisposing factors that affect health and considers the response of host societies and the management of acute and chronic physical and mental conditions for every age group and gender – from prevention to curative and palliative measures. Forced migrants come from areas affected by extreme poverty and war and embark on long and exhausting journeys. This may result in increased vulnerability to a range of communicable diseases; non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung diseases; heat-and cold-related illnesses and mental health disorders. Providing adequate healthcare for refugees remains a major challenge in conflict zones, neighboring countries and host countries across the globe who have offered sanctuary to millions of refugees."

PhD Opportunities

The African Centre for Migration and Society has recently joined a new NIHR funded global health research group exploring the links between gender-based violence and poor mental health in migrant and mobile communities (GEMMS).  

As part of the project, ACMS is offering three fully-funded PhD studentships. The deadline is November 7, 2022, so start working on it as soon as possible if you're interested!

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Member Connections
We are so excited to have the possibility of meeting up with MHADRI members in-person again this year! The steering committee is hoping to meet in-person for a focus on governance and future direction of the initiative. Where are you heading for a conference? Let us know by emailing our comms team
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For general connections outwith conference times, 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. Please do this so our information is up to date! You can filter a search by location, general research focus, or specific migration topics, or search for your own key words.  
Website Updates

We are continually working hard to make sure MHADRI is easily accessible to both new and established researchers, and having a good website is important.
Click here to have a look.


The communications team has added translation services and is working on ensuring screen reader capability as well. Are you a MHADRI member with ideas on how to make our online presence work better for you? Reach out to our comms team
Have Your Say
 
The MHADRI Steering Committee has been working hard to come up with plans for the network, but we have always intended to be member-led. 

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