No UHC without Migrant Health Coverage: Leaving No Migrant Behind

Meeting Organizer

International Organization of Migration (IOM)

Asia Pacific Observatory for Health Systems and Policies

International Health Policy Program

Joint UN Initiative on Migration and Health in Asia (JUNIMA)

United Nations University International Institute for Global Health

Asian Development Bank

Contact Person : Nicola Pocock,

28 January 2020
14:00 - 17:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 6

Open to All Participants


While UHC is at the forefront of discussions around health and the Sustainable Development Goals, rarely do countries count migrants, both documented and undocumented, when considering service accessibility, financing and service coverage. This side meeting will showcase policy focussed research conducted on migrant health different aspects of UHC in ASEAN + China, by the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, International Health Policy Program, Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems (APO) and Policies and Equity Initiative fellows, supported by: the APO, Duke Kunshan University, and the China Medical Board. This half-day session will comprise of the following: Overview of projects + aim of side meeting (9-9.15am): Dr. Nima Asgari-Jirhandeh, APO; Prof. Pascale Allotey, UNU Session 1: Overview of health systems in ASEAN & barriers for migrants; Cultural competency of health systems for migrant service use (9.15-10.30am) Migrant worker barriers to access in Myanmar, China & Malaysia – Equity Initiative Fellows (10 min): Dr. Rita Deng Rui, Kunming Medical University Health systems cultural competency for migrant service use: a comparative study of Thailand & Malaysia (10 min): Mr. Derrick Chan, UNU Health systems factors affecting health literacy of Migrant Health Volunteers and Workers in Samut Sakhon and Ranong province, Thailand (10 min): Dr. Nareerut Pudpong/ IHPP representative Scoping and umbrella review summary findings with relevance for migrant health in Malaysia and prejudice reduction interventions (10 min): Dr. Nicola Pocock, UNU/LSHTM Q&A (30 min): Moderator Dr. Patrick Duigan, IOM (TBC) Break (10.30-11am) Session 2: Financing and policy for migrant inclusion (11-12.25pm) Health Insurance Card scheme for migrant workers in Thailand: Devil is in the Detail (10 min): Dr. Rapeepong Suphanchaimat, IHPP Migrant health financing in Malaysia: policy analysis (10 min): Dr. Tharani Loganathan, University Malaya Philippines experience in creating Migrant Health Unit (10 min): Dr. Joel Buenaventura, Dept of Health, Philippines (TBC) Governance for migrant health – policy briefs IIGH APO (10 min): Dr. Emma Rhule/Dr. Lavanya Vijayasingham, UNU UHC and migrant inclusion – policy briefs IIGH APO (10 min): Dr Anns Issac, APO Q&A (35 min): Moderator: Dr Kolitha Wickramage, IOM (TBC) Summary & Closing (12.25-12.30pm): Dr. Nima Asgari-Jirhandeh, APO; Dr Shenglan Tang, Duke University


The aim of this event is to discuss how to move forward towards migrant friendly health systems in ASEAN, based on findings from several migrant health research projects. The target audiences are policymakers from Ministries of Health, Finance and regional/international agencies.