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Regional Dialogue on the Health Challenges for Asian Labour Migrants

Representatives of 13 South and South East Asian countries of origin met in Bangkok on 13-14 July 2010 to discuss the health challenges facing the region’s 55 million migrant workers.

The Regional Dialogue on the Health Challenges for Asian Labour Migrants, organized by UNDP with IOM and UNAIDS in cooperation with WHO, ILO and the Joint UN Initiative on Mobility & HIV/AIDS in South East Asia (JUNIMA), was held in preparation for the upcoming Colombo Process Ministerial Consultations (early 2011, Dhaka), where migrants’ health issues are expected to be discussed for the first time.

Representatives from the ministries of health and labour/overseas employment, as well as foreign affairs, discussed and adopted Joint Recommendation on key actions to improve the health and well-being of labour migrants.

These included a call for greater coordination and policy coherence among relevant existing national policies, laws and practices related to labour migration and health; strengthened bilateral agreements between countries of origin and destination; and stronger advocacy efforts towards the ratification of relevant international instruments.

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Executive summary
Inaugural session
Session 1: Setting the scene - health challenges for Asian labour migrants
      Presentations:   

Ms Kristina Mejo, Regional Programme Manager, IOM
Mr Jaime Calderon, Regional Migration Health Manager, IOM
Asian labour migration and major health challenges

Mr Richard Howard, Senior Specialist on HIV and AIDS, ILO
International principles and instruments on migration for employment

Ms Jacqueline Weekers, Senior Migrant Health Officer, WHO
Global and regional commitments and strategies to enhance health of migrants

Ms Ema Naito, Consultant on HIV/AIDS and Mobility, UNDP
Regional commitments to enhance the health of migrants

Session 2: Health challenges and responses from the region
      Presentations:   

Mr Enrico Fos, Executive Director, Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Philippines
Migration and protection of migrants: Philippine experience

Dr Chanvit Tharathep, Director, Department of Health Administration Bureau, Ministry of Public Health, Government of Thailand
Improving access of migrants to health services in Thailand

Dr P. G. Mahipala, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health Ms Yasoja Gunasekera, Director, Economic Division, Ministry of External Affairs, and member of National Migration Health Taskforce Mr Mangala Randeniya, Deputy General Manager, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Government of Sri Lanka
Overcoming the Challenges of Migration Health through a Policy Process (Sri Lanka)

Session 3: Thematic discussions
Session 4: Working group to develop joint recommendations
Session 5: Adoption of joint recommendations
Session 5: Group work outputs
Closing session
Annex I: Final agenda
Annex II: Participants list
Annex III: Concept note