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Published on December 8th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti

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IOM Holds Training in Tanzania to Improve Medical Care to Refugees Set for Resettlement

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, last week (14-17/11) organized training sessions in Tanzania, for IOM, non-IOM and private panel physicians who conduct physical exams and health assessments for resettlement countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

These training sessions are organized in different regions throughout the world every year with the objective of providing technical support to health professionals. This year’s training was organized in Dar es Salaam for more than 80 IOM and private panel physicians and nurses who conduct health assessments for refugees and migrants throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region.

The sessions conducted by IOM’s Migration Health Division (MHD) include the revision of technical instructions to enhance the quality of overseas medical exams as well as their integrity and anti-fraud measures. The goal is to improve the quality of medical care provided to refugees destined for resettlement both prior to their departure and upon arrival.

“This year’s training has two new components: the collaboration with the University of Minnesota and with partners at the Minnesota Health Department who have vast experience in refugee health in the United States,” said Dr. Qasim Sufi, IOM Tanzania Chief of Mission in his opening remarks. “Additionally, the current year’s session has a component designated for migration health nurses who are the backbone of the migration health assessments process,” he added.

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