IOM Kenya conducted a two-day training on pre-departure medical screening procedures. The training was held at the Royal Orchid Hotel, Nairobi on 26 and 27 June 2015. It brought together sixty migration health experts and movement operations colleagues from Sub- Saharan Africa and Middle East regions.
In his opening speech to the participants the Head of IOM Kenya Country Office, Michael Pillinger commended the health assessment team on their service to migrants and for the high quality services to migrants especially refugees.
“It’s nobody’s wish to seek refuge in another country, but as that is the case for so many people in the world today especially from the Horn of Africa, it is our duty as the leading inter-governmental agency on migration to ensure that migrants and refugees are respected and get access to services in a dignified manner.” he said.
The key purpose of the training was to create an environment where colleagues in the region share knowledge and experiences with the aim of improving migration health assessment practices and interventions.
“Migration has become a global challenge due to the exponential number of people on the move. This training has empowered me to be a better migration health physician as I have gained a better understanding of the receiving countries health protocols.“ said Ibrahim Mahdjoub Migration Health Physician, IOM Chad.