BMC Public Health welcomed for submissions to our Collection on Migration and Health.
With migration an international issue affecting every country in the world and increasingly on the rise, there is an urgent need to engage with this global phenomenon at all levels in order to support progress towards health and development targets. The health of these populations may be affected in their own countries of origin, during their journeys, whether voluntary or forced, or in their destination countries. Migrants are often vulnerable individuals, often coming from communities affected by war, conflict or economic crises and undertaking long and perilous journeys that increase their risks for diseases. They may also face hardships such as language barriers, lack of knowledge about health services, loss of social status, discrimination and marginalization.
Understanding the links between migration and health is important in order to improve policy planning and towards achieving target 3.8 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - namely, to achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. Furthermore, effective migration governance is vital for safer migration, which is a crucial factor to achieving SDG10; a target which aims to ensure the facilitation of orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well- managed migration policies.
BMC Public Health has launched this collection to bring together research looking at the exposure of refugees and migrants to the health risks associated with population movements and improving the health of migrants. We welcomed submissions including but not limited to migration and:
- infectious diseases
- sexual and reproductive health
- non-communicable diseases
- health care access
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