Published by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
This document was developed to serve as a resource for Member States to address the public health and health system challenges related to migration, including the promotion and protection of the health of migrants throughout their migration process. It aims to support the integration of the health needs of migrants into national health policies, strategies, and programs, to not only protect the health of this population, but also that of the host population. It is expected to contribute to the overall protection of the health and well-being of the peoples of the Americas, be they host or migrant populations, recognizing that no one must be left behind.
This document is a response to the PAHO Secretariat’s commitment at the November 2018 High Level Meeting on Migration and Health to develop guidance to address the health needs of migrants. It is in line with the mandates outlined above and considers discussions with Member States on the experiences, lessons learned, and challenges in meeting the health needs of migrants. Despite the wide array of categories encompassed under the terms migration and migrants, this document focuses primarily on the health of persons who, as part of large-scale international migration arrivals due to war, conflict, and natural disasters, are placed in conditions of vulnerability.