Migrants, Refugees and Health Webinar - Presentations and recording available

Migrants, Refugees and Health

Webinar organized by the Working Group on Health in Emergencies and Disaster

World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPAH)

Date and time: 25 March at 15.00-17.00 CET

With one billion people on the move or having moved in 2018, migration has become a complex social and political issue. On 10 December 2018, over 160 countries adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration . It is the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions.[1]  Now implementation of the Compact will take centre stage. The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health steps in to provide evidence for cooperation and action. The report published online on December 5, 2018 documents the devastating impacts of forced migration and the overall benefits to the health of individuals and populations that migration generates. It also lays out a research agenda to better ensure the health of migrants.[2]

Against this background, this webinar aims to  

  • Introduce the Global Compact for Migration, highlight the links between Migration and Development, and focus on the issue of the health of migrants and refugees
  • Assess the major challenges to implement the Global Compact and the key role international and professional organizations, such as Public Health Associations, can play to inform solutions for access to health for migrants and refugees
  • Facilitate a dialogue to advance understanding and capabilities to tackle health challenges faced by migrants and refugees by leveraging the power of community and professional organizations.

Moderator :

Chadia Wannous, Chair of the WFPHA Working Group on Health in Emergencies and Disasters


  • Summary of the Global Compact and Next Steps for Implementation and Implications for Health of Migrants- Jacqueline Weekers, Director, Migration Health Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Healthcare access of immigrants: An integrated approach– Alejandro Gil Salmerón, Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Valencia
  • The Challenge of Promoting the Health of Refugees and Migrants in Europe - Glenn Laverack, Visiting Professor (Health Promotion), Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK.
  • Climate Risks, Ecosystem Degradation and Forced Migration- Catherine Machalaba, Policy Advisor and Research Scientist, EcoHealth Alliance
  • Summary of the UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: The Health of a World on the Move and Key Recommendations- Presented by Member of the Lancet Commission
  • Questions and Answers

The webinar is free and open to all interested health and migration and development professionals.

The link to the webinar recording is here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6691943723300762891

All you have to do is register and the webinar will start playing.


[1] More information on the Global Compact here: Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration. (draft outcome document available in all official languages).

[2] See the full report of the Commission at https://www.thelancet.com/commissions/migration-health