Emphasis on experiences of migrants and health in Latin America
The Lancet Migration Latin American Regional Hub was recently created. The initiative, in which PAHO participates, brings together a network of academic researchers looking to gather more evidence on migration and health in Latin America. Most research on the subject comes from Europe and North America, but with recent migratory movements in South America and from Central American countries to the north, the Region of the Americas has generated its own experiences that researchers are now trying to systematize and add to the global evidence.
Currently, The Lancet Migration is working on a special publication in collaboration with PAHO and academic networks. The publication will compile experiences in the Region on how the health of migrants has been protected. It also promotes the creation of national and subregional research networks on migration and health.
Based on this technical partnership with The Lancet Migration, PAHO has organized virtual seminars and prepared special reports for the ministries of health that they can use as inputs for their health response to migration. PAHO also shares this information with other subregional organizations, such as the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) and its MERCOSUR Social Institute (ISM), the Secretariat of the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Governments (SEGIB), Forum for the Progress and Development of South America (PROSUR) and Andean Regional Health Agency (ORAS CONHU), so they can add this subject in their work agenda.
The Lancet Migration provides credibility on academic research and is able to assemble research teams to get more robust evidence to sustain public health and migration policies in the Americas.