Consultative workshops improving migrants’ health

International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vietnam, General Office of Population and Family Planning (GOPFP), Vietnam's Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) Vietnam recently jointly held two consultative workshops in Hai Phong and Vung Tau respectively to collect technical inputs on the development of the Migrant Health Programme from relevant Ministries and local authorities.

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According to the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department, nearly 6 million Vietnamese went abroad in 2016, mostly those aged 20-39 for study and working.

The population and housing census in 2019 showed that Vietnam had a 96.2 million population, ranking third in ASEAN and 15th globally. In the past five years, migrants aged more than five accounted for 7.3 percent, or about 6.4 million people, mostly in urban areas.

Vietnam is in the period of golden population with 65.4 million in the working age of 15-64, equivalent to 68 percent of the total.

Last year, the Health Ministry partnered with the IOM and the WHO to conduct a study on the health of Vietnamese migrants. As a result, several barriers were found to impact their health, including asynchronous implementation of policies at the grassroots level.

The study highlighted the need to set up a working group for the health of migrants to offer technical assistance in the building and implementation of health policies, models and projects.

The Migrant Health Programme aims to promote the health of migrants in line with the Resolution 70.15 endorsed by the World Health Assembly, and the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

More than 100 delegates attended each workshop. During the workshops, participants reached a consensus that the Migrant Health Programme should be devised for the period of 2021 to 2030, and should include all categories of migrants with a focus on vulnerable groups such as women, children, and ethnic minorities.

Tu Pham