Khartoum – Abuse, stress and lack of medical care are constant bedfellows for migrants in Libya’s detention camps – and those who are rescued unwittingly transfer the health burden to their countries of origin where assistance is often limited.
Luckily for Sudanese returnees, a solution is underway. Returning migrants in the country will soon access healthcare under the country’s National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
This follows an agreement signed at the end of July with the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.
A pilot targeting 2,000 Sudanese returnee families will run for a year, beginning in July 2019, and could pave the way for access by all migrant returnees.
Aside from unemployment and access to housing, lack of access to healthcare is among the main issues faced by migrants who voluntarily return to Sudan, as in other places.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sudan, together with representatives of the embassies of France, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Japan and the United States of America inaugurated a Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Gedarif state in eastern Sudan on March 05, a hub for migrants and potential migrants who will receive information and services. The establishment of the MRC is part of the efforts by IOM Sudan to expand its migrant protection and assistance and community engagement activities across the country. It is the second centre of this kind, complementing the Migrant Resource and Response Centre that IOM Sudan has been operating in Khartoum since 2015. The establishment and operationalization of the MRC has been closely coordinated with the State Ministry of Health and Social Development, IOM’s main governmental counterpart in Gedarif.
IOM Sudan and Arab Organization for Agriculture Development (AOAD) sign Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration in agricultural Development to Migration and Rural Community
IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Arab Organization for Agriculture Development (AOAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce collaboration in agriculture and agricultural related programming to build the resilience of migrants and rural communities. Professor, Dr. Ibrahim Adam Ahmed El-dukheri, Director General of AOAD said “Enhancement of agricultural and livestock productivity is critical to build resilience of community, therefore promote a transition to community development. This should be achieved through community-based agricultural programming with establishing a link with local market demand and strengthening capacity building interventions.”
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and his Excellency Shinji Urabayashi, Ambassador of Japan to Sudan and the Third Secretary Mr. Yuma Kajihara along with representatives from the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Noureldin Abdalla, Federal Government Chamber Mrs. Sawsan Omer Ibrahim and North Darfur HAC Commissioner Mr. Ibrahim Hamid visited the returnees village of Sarafaya, El Fasher – North Darfur to monitor the activities implemented under the Japan funded project “Enhancing Sustainable Reintegration of IDPs and Sudanese Refugee Returnees while Promoting Community Cohesion through the Provision of Livelihoods, Basic Infrastructure and Services in Darfur.”
IOM Sudan, colour marked the celebrations of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa. The event which was held at the IOM Sudan office in Khartoum was attended by representatives from the EU delegation, ten migrant returnees from Libya and 16 representatives of Nigerian, Ethiopian and Eritrean migrant communities. “With the funding from the EU, IOM in close partnership with the Government of Sudan will continue to provide sustainable reintegration to migrants in Sudan and dignified and safe return of migrants to countries of origin,” said the IOM Sudan Chief of Mission, Catherine Northing.