The UN resolution on promoting the health of refugees and migrants (2017), the Framework of priorities and guiding principles (2018), launch of the Global Action Plan (GAP) for the health of Migrants and Refugees (2019) and the UN Political declaration of the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (2019) – offer a strong imperative to mainstream migrant and refugee health in global, regional, and country agendas to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030, ‘leaving no one behind’. Yet, significant gaps remain in research and policy at regional and country level necessary to achieve these goals.
The evidence/policy disconnect is most prominent in the global South as global policy debates and developments continue to be grounded in scholarship emerging from the North, undermining peculiarities and complexities of mobility in Southern contexts and their implications for health systems and development goals. As member of the the Migration Health for South Asia (MiHSA) network, P2i aims to fill this knowledge and capacity vacuum by establishing a vibrant South-South knowledge exchange and learning platform on Migration and Health rights to engender meaningful partnerships across sectors and between countries in the South Asia and the UK in order to inform an inclusive migration and health research and policy agenda.
MiHSA network has just published an opinion piece- a south-asian perspective on COVID19 response and neglect of low-income migrants. Read here. Visit mihsa.org for more details.