Migration Health Assessment Services and Travel Health Assistance

IOM runs its health assessments services both in Kathmandu and Damak to evaluate the health status of refugees and out-bound migrants prior to their departure. IOM operates its health assessment activities for Bhutanese refugees and immigrant population in Damak. Likewise, the Migration Health Assessment Center located in Kathmandu, conducts assessment of urban refugees and out-bound immigrants mainly to USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. As of December 2017, IOM Nepal has conducted health assessment of more than 200,000 persons (refugees: 134,605 and immigrants: 70,746 ) based on the technical instructions provided by the intended destination countries. 

IOM also has established a well-equipped laboratory at Damak and evaluates infectious diseases of public health importance such as Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and STIs. For TB diagnosis, IOM offers the best diagnostics namely; GeneXpert MTB/RIF, solid and liquid culture, second line DST to rule out all possible drug resistant TB cases. For management of Drug Resistant TB Cases, IOM operated a unique center called a “Magic Mountain”, and provided in-house TB services to refugees identified as DRTB.