Our mission is to ensure migrants are fit to travel in a safe and dignified manner.
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 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 both centres.
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 the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and USA
- National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHDA)
- In discussion with so many more.
- 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, epidemiological and health system 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 in their destination countries.
MHAC carries out health assessments for various categories of migrants, including resettling refugees, labour migrants and displaced persons, either before preparation for departure or upon embarkation.
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
Locate your nearest Migration Health Assessment Centre, view destination country-specific migration health assessment requirements and procedures, and schedule your migration health assessment online on MyMedical.
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.
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.
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.
- Expert Physicians
- 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;
- Prophylaxis 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
- Contact information