The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 16 April 2014 officially launched the new and improved Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) that is offering vital health services to thousands of migrants.
The clinic previously located on 4th Ngong Avenue moved to 78 United Nations Crescent in 2013 to a bigger location, in a bid to centralize all of migration health activities in one location, and serve migrants better.
Since then, the new facilities have continued to cater for migrants and refugees being resettled permanently to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
The clinic processes approximately 13,000 migrants on annual basis, not only focuses on migrants, but also refugees. The clinic is operated by a team of highly specialized health experts who include doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, radiographers and an experienced support staff.
The warm and migrant friendly facilities, officially launched by IOM’s Migration Health Director, Dr. Davide Mosca boasts of specialized outpatient care units, laboratory, pharmacy centre, patients playroom among others.
“Over the years, MHAC has grown in leaps and bounds in supporting migrants. IOM would like to thank all the stakeholders. Especially refugee receiving countries for the moral and financial assistance they have accorded us over the years,” said Mosca.
The colourful launch ceremony was attended by a host of dignitaries including Consul General US Embassy, Head of Immigration Sections of Australian and Canadian High Commissions in Kenya. Others included the Kenya’s Ministry of Health, Multi Drug Resistant TB coordinator, the CDC Director for Refugee Health for Africa and the US Embassy Refugee Coordinator for Admissions for Africa.