Launch: PAHO’s Information Platform on Health and Migration in the Americas

Launch: PAHO’s Information Platform on Health and Migration in the Americas
banner health and migration 16 May 2022

Protecting the Right to Health and Ensuring Migrants´ Equitable Access to Health

The Pan American Health Organization cordially invites you to join the launch event of PAHO’s Information Platform on Health and Migration in the Americas, which will be held virtually on 16 May, 2022 at 11:00am (EDT).

The Information Platform aims to synthesize data and facilitate the storage, dissemination, and exchange of knowledge on health and migration to guide the development of policies, public health interventions, and research initiatives, with an approach that takes into consideration the right to health and Universal Health.

Please join us as we learn about how similar practical tools can support bridging the gap between research and policy development, designing inclusive programs, and strengthening information systems.


DATE: Monday, 16 May 2022

TIME: 11:00 AM – 12 PM EDT

LIVE BROADCAST: Broadcasted live on PAHO’s YouTube channel:

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English


  • Event opening. James Fitzgerald, Director, Health Systems and Services, PAHO
  • Welcoming remarks Jarbas Barbosa, Assistant Director, PAHO
  • WHO address: Health and Migration  Santino Severoni, Director, Health and Migration Programme, WHO
  • The importance of human rights data in analyzing migration and health-related laws and policies. Heidi Jimenez, Legal Counsel, Office of the Legal Counsel, PAHO
  • Migration and human rights.  Pablo Ceriani Cernadas, Member of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and the Members of their Families, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Introducing PAHO’s Information Platform on Health and Migration in the Americas
  • Applying data to advance health equity. Sebastian Garcia Saisó, Director, Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health, PAHO
  • Concluding remarks  Ciro Ugarte, Director, Health Emergencies Department, PAHO


Migration continues to touch nearly all corners of the Region of the Americas resulting in a complex array of economic and social opportunities and challenges associated with the movement of people. Through all phases of the migration process, safeguarding the right to health and ensuring equitable access to health services is essential to protect the health and well-being of migrants, and build sustainable livelihoods. Despite the ratification of international human rights standards to protect the right to health for all persons, as well as efforts by Member States to promote Universal Health, many migrants in the Region continue to be confronted with barriers to accessing health services at different stages of their migration journey.

In line with these commitments and to continue strengthening cooperation on health and migration with Member States, PAHO is launching the Information Platform on Health and Migration in the Americas. The Information Platform provides access to evidence on health and migration gathered from research and information mapping exercises and supports knowledge management through an interactive digital repository. It focuses on policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks, as well as scientific literature on this topic, where data can be explored by using different filters to analyze the information.

This initiative was carried out in collaboration with the research teams at the School of Law of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, and the Social Studies in Health Program of the Institute of Sciences and Innovation in Medicine (ICIM) at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile.

Health and Migration in the Americas: Information Platform