International Commission Advocates for Improved Health of Migrant Workers


Date Publish: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
International Commission Advocates for Improved Health of Migrant Workers


Press release


International Commission Advocates for Improved Health of Migrant Workers

29 April, Kathmandu –

The University College London (UCL) – Lancet Commission on Migration and Heath, Tribhuvan University and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today hosted the Asian launch of a major Commission report on migration heath.


The report, compiled by 20 leading experts from 13 countries over a period of two years, advocates for universal access to healthcare services and advises the world’s governments to improve the public health response to migration to benefit migrants and host communities alike.


First presented at the UN Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Marrakesh in December 2018, the report also calls for the appointment of a UN Special Envoy on Migration and Health and the creation of a Global Migration and Health Observatory to develop evidence-based migration and health indicators.

Speaking at the Inaugural Session of the Launch event State Minister for Health & Population Dr. Surendra Kumar Yadav assured that the Government of Nepal will endorse the National Migration Health Policy soon which is at its final stage. He added that that the host governments are equally responsible to address migrants’ health issues as they also benefit from the positive impacts of migration. 


In her Opening remarks UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand said “We hope the prioritization of migration and health by the Govt of Nepal for the first time in its five-year development plan will help ensure the right to health of every individual is achieved, while leaving no one behind.”


“This (Kathmandu) launch brings together actors from diverse academic, operational and policy areas to discuss the UCL-Lancet Commission’s findings and recommendations. The aim is to move forward the multi-sectoral dialogue and collaboration on mainstreaming migration health such that no one is left behind,” said UCL-Lancet Commissioner Prof. Bernadette N. Kumar.


Tribhuvan University Dean of Institute of Medicine Prof Dr. Jagdish P. Agrawal said “The Tribhuvan University is committed to address overall aspects of health issues and stands ready to collaborate in further researches in order to gather authentic data that can lead to evidence-based policy making.” 


“IOM is committed to supporting the (Nepali) governments’ efforts to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants, enabling them and the host communities to optimize the migration experience and contribute to social and economic development, in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the GCM,” said IOM Nepal Chief of Mission Paul Norton. 


The report launch at Tribhuvan University, which was supported by the European Delegation in Nepal and Empower School of Health, was attended by government officials and representatives of UN agencies, Aid Agencies, NGOs, civil society, media and academia. 


For more information please contact:

IOM Nepal - Paul Norton at IOM Nepal, Tel. +97714426250, Ext. 194 Email:

At Lancet Commission – Prof. Dr. Bernadette Nirmal Kumar at and Miriam Orcutt

TU – Prof. Dr. Saroj Ojha at


For interviews with Comment authors, David Miliband and Mesfin Teklu Tessema, International Rescue Committee, please contact Bianca Wachtel E) 
For interviews with Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, please contact Seil Collins or Emily Head

The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move 

Article: Global patterns of mortality in international migrants: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Aldridge R A et al) 
Linked Commentary: Do migrants have a mortality advantage? (Borhade A, Dey S) 

Article: Health impacts of parental migration on left-behind children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Fellmeth G et al) 
Linked Commentary: Forgotten needs of children left behind by migration (Griffiths SM, Dong D,  Yat-nork Chung R) 

Opening up to migration and health (Richard Horton, Jocalyn Clark, The Lancet) 

 Historic global agreement on migration (Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration) 

Migration and health: human rights in the era of populism (Walid Amar, Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health) 

Advancing health in migration governance, and migration in health governance (Kolitha Wickramage, International Organisation for Migration, and Giuseppe Annunziata, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization) 

The unmet needs of refugees and internally displaced people (David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, and Mesfin Teklu Tessema, Director of the Health Unit for the International Rescue Committee)