The Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC)

The MISSION of MHAC:
OUR MISSION IS TO ENSURE MIGRANTS ARE FIT TO TRAVEL IN A SAFE AND DIGNIFIED MANNER

About Us:
The Migration Health Assessments Centre (MHAC) became operational in Nigeria on 2 January 2014 with its two main operational centres in Abuja and Lagos. The MHAC in Nigeria has a staff strength (both national and international staff) of about 20 skilled and experienced professionals in different fields (Medical, ICT, Administration and Finance).

Within the short period of operation in Nigeria, MHAC has been able to build and install a state of the art X-Ray unit in two the Centres.

MHAC Partners: Within the time of Operation in Nigeria, MHAC has been able to establish relationships and partnerships with the following Organizations and Agencies in Nigeria:

• IOM Tele-Radiology Centre in Manila
• The Government of UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and USA
• National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHDA) and are in discussion with so many more

For more information on Immigration Medical Examination for: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA visa applicants in Nigeria, please click on :
https://nigeria.iom.int/sites/default/files/newsletter/Revised_%20Inform...

For more information on Immigration Medical Examination for: Long term UK visa applicants in Nigeria, please click on:
https://nigeria.iom.int/sites/default/files/newsletter/Revised_%20Inform...

Office Location of MHAC in Nigeria:
1. Abuja
Migration Health Assessment Centre –MHAC of (IOM)
No. 4, Buchannan Close, off Buchannan crescent, off Amino Kano Crescent
Wuse 2, Abuja
Tel: +234(0) 807 219 1122/080 9563 7898/080 8522 1427.
E-mail: iomabujamedicalbooking@iom.int

2. Lagos
Migration Health Assessment Centre
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
No 1, Isaac John Street G.R.A. Ikeja – Lagos.
Tel: +234(0) 807 219 1112 /080 2226 4059/090 9215 6079.
E-Mail: iomlagosmedicalbooking@iom.int

MHAC Projects in Nigeria:
The United Kingdom Pre-departure Secreening Programme (UKTB) is one of the projects that MHAC is handling in Nigeria

Key Objective:
The key objective of the UKTB programme is to address public health concerns on the spread of infectious tuberculosis in the United Kingdom (UK) by screening visa applicants and facilitating access to diagnostics and treatment in their countries of origin in the event of infection with Tuberculosis. People from selected countries with high burden of tuberculosis, as defined by the World Health Organization, who are applying for a UK visa longer than 6 months for the purposes of education, employment, etc. are required to undergo tuberculosis screening in order to be issued a certificate demonstrating that they are free from the disease.

The United Kingdom Pre-Departure Tuberculosis Detection Programme started in Nigeria on 2 January 2014 in two centres (Abuja and Lagos) so far about 6,500 persons have been screened for active tuberculosis.

Beneficiaries
• UK visa applicants
• Receiving communities in the UK
• Countries of origin

Concrete Benefits
• UK visa applicants suffering from infectious Tuberculosis will be diagnosed early and will be referred for treatment to a local clinic
• For communities in the UK, the risk of contracting infectious tuberculosis from newly arrived migrants is minimized
• The programme will provide information on tuberculosis among travellers to the UK, enabling the UK government to better understand the problem and create effective health policies to address it.
• Countries of origin will benefit from the sharing of best practices on tuberculosis testing in local clinics, as well as from the latest data on infection rates for their public health programmes.

Project Description
All migrants from the project countries intending to apply for a UK visa longer than 6 months will need to undergo pre-departure testing for tuberculosis in order to be issued a certificate to show that they do not have infectious tuberculosis. The certificate is a prerequisite for their visa application.
The initial phase commenced in October 2005 and was piloted in 2006 in five countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sudan, Tanzania and Thailand. Within the first quarter of 2007, three additional countries: Ghana, Kenya and Pakistan started the screening. An expansion of the project commenced in April 2009 where all applicants with significant x-ray results suggestive of TB underwent comprehensive bacteriology screening which includes TB culture. It is expected that the expanded pilot project will enable the detection of an increased number of active TB cases and allow for the early treatment of migrants.

Programme Overview

“To ensure healthy migrants live in healthy communities”

Migration Health Assessments are among the most well-established migration management services offered by IOM. Health assessments provide the opportunity to promote the health of migrants through the initiation of preventative and curative interventions for conditions that, if left untreated, could have a negative impact on the migrant's health and/or on the public health of the host communities.

Travel Health Assistance is a Health Assessment-related service offered to address individual health and safety, and to manage conditions of public health concerns as individuals move across geographical, health system and epidemiological boundaries. Within Health Assessment Programmes, pre-embarkation checks and pre-departure medical screenings are performed in order to assess a migrant's fitness to travel and/or to provide medical clearance. These measures also ensure that migrants are linked to and given appropriate referrals to medical services once they arrive their destination countries.

MHAC carries out health assessments for various categories of migrants, including immigrants, resettling refugees, labour migrants and displaced persons, either before preparation for departure or upon embarkation. This reduces and manages the potential public health, safety and security as well as excessive demand cost impact of human mobility on migrants, receiving countries and communities and by the travellers.

MHAC offers pre-departure services, including treatment for endemic conditions such as malaria and diagnostic treatment for tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. MHAC also immunizes migrants and refugees against vaccine preventable diseases and offers an array of specialized counselling.
MIGRATION HEALTH ASSESSMENT CENTRE IN NIGERIA

The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) in Nigeria provides migration health-related assistance for travellers, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and mobile populations.

The purpose of health assessments is to identify and address conditions of public health and public safety concern, and conditions impacting health and social services. Our goal is to inform migrants of their health conditions and needs, and to facilitate their integration into host communities.

• Expert Physicians
MHAC Nigeria employs licensed and skilled national and international physicians who are trained by IOM and partner government authorities to administer comprehensive migration health assessment services, in accordance with the technical instructions (TI) of destination countries.

• Public Health Approach
MHAC conducts mandatory health education sessions and professional pre/post HIV counselling and testing, including the dissemination of culturally appropriate health information materials. MHAC treats endemic conditions, such as malaria, typhoid and others, and provides treatment for tuberculosis, STIs and AIDS. MHAC provides immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases, such as yellow fever, measles, polio, hepatitis A and B, meningitis, varicella and others.

• Dignity
MHAC’s pre-departure medical procedures always ensure migrants are fit to travel in a safe and dignified manner. This guarantees the health and wellbeing of the migrant, fellow travellers and receiving communities.

• Accountability
At MHAC, the health assessment of migrants is tailored to satisfy the existing TIs of the destination countries. Quality control, assurance and anti-fraud measures are implemented at all stages, and regularly updated.

SERVICES OFFERED AT MHAC NIGERIA
IOM’s Migration Health Assessment Centre in Nigeria offers a broad range of services, including:
• Health assessments for migrants, as per the guidelines and instructions of receiving
Countries;
• Treatment for medical conditions which pose a risk to public health, such as tuberculosis,
HIV and sexually transmitted diseases;
• Immunization against vaccine preventable diseases;
• Propohylaxis against malaria, tuberculosis and opportunistic infections in
Immunocompromized individuals;
• Professional medical assistance and special travel arrangements for sick or vulnerable
Persons during travel, including medical escorting;
• Assistance in DNA testing and/or DNA sample collection for immigration purposes