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Policy and Public Engagement Activities


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Launch of  the Latin American Regional Hub

On 3rd March 2020 a research initiatives workshop and policy roundtable was held in Lima, Peru.  This focused on Migration and Health in Latin America, and was  organised by the Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health, the CRONICAS Centre of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and the Pan American Health Organization’s country office in Peru.

The event was comprised of a full morning workshop on challenges and opportunities on research on migration and health in the Latin American region and an afternoon closed policy roundtable, which focused on health system response to migration from Venezuela. This event also marked the launch of the Latin American Regional Hub of ‘Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health’.  

Panel discussion to mark the start of Lancet Migration

On 5 February 2020 we held panel discussion and event in London to mark the start of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health.  Speakers from The Lancet, World Health Organization, International Rescue Committee, International Organization for Migration, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, University College London, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Columbia University, and Médecins Sans Frontières joined us. Visit the 'Lancet Migration Event' page here for further details and the recording of the event.

Past activities

Building on the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health a series of policy and public engagement activities were organised in collaboration with local, regional and international partners between December 2018 and January 2020.

Policy engagement

The Commission organised a series of global policy events collaboratively with other organisations, many around the priority theme of migrant-inclusion in universal health coverage, including:


UN Global Compact for Migration Intervention, Morocco - December 2018

Organiser of official side event and speaker at the main inter-governmental panel.   The  panel presentation with IOM, WHO, MSF, IRC focused on ‘Health: The Key to Migration's Role in Sustainable Development.


Universal health coverage and migration policy event and roundtable, Chatham House, London -  January 2019

This policy roundtable brought together forty  experts from academia, policy and practice to  focus on global challenges and opportunities for migrant-inclusion in universal  health coverage. The panel discussion event held before the roundtable had speakers from WHO, IOM, PHE, the Lancet and the Commission. Both were co-organised with Chatham House.


1st WHO Expert Meeting on Migration and Health, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland - February 2019

This meeting of over 30  global experts on  migration health input into the final draft of the Global Action Plan on the health of migrants and refugees


Official side event at the World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland - May 2019

The side event was  a high-level panel  discussion focused on  Universal health coverage and migration in different national contexts.  The Commission Chaired the panel, and also spoke alongside five  ministers of health.  This event  was co-organised with WHO.

UN General Assembly Official side event, New York, USA - September 2019

This side event co-organised with WHO, IOM and member states focused on promoting equity in access to Health Services with Financial Protection.


In 2019 the Commission also inputted into the consultation processes of the UN High Level Meeting on UHC,  via advocacy processes at the UHC 2030 multi-stakeholder meeting and submitted 'Key Asks' to the UN High Level Meeting.

Regional policy events

A series of regional policy events the Commission co-organised over the last year with national and regional partners, focusing on regional migration health policy priorities, such as:


South American Health system response to Venezuelan migration, Lima, Peru  - March 2019 

Policy event co-organised with IOM South America.

UK Parliamentary Policy Roundtable on Improving Migration Health Global Governance, London -  May 2019 

This roundtable co-organised with APPG Global Health and brought 30 key stakeholders together in the Houses of Parliament.

Southern African Universal Health Coverage and Migration Policy Roundtable, Johannesburg,  South  Africa - July  2019

A policy  co-organised with Wits University & Chatham House.  

Forced migration and mental health in the Middle East,  Ankara,  Turkey – November 2019

Co-organised with WHO Turkey

Research-policy workshops 

Regional research events have focused on regional migration health priorities and consolidating discussion and collaboration between migration health actors (academic, civil society, policy) around priority themes.  These have included:

Middle East, Beirut - Forced migration and health systems - February 2019

In collaboration with the American University of Beirut


Southern Africa, Johannesburg - Universal health coverage and migration in Southern Africa - August 2019

In collaboration with Wits University

Ankara,  Turkey - Forced migration and mental health in the Middle East – November 2019

Research-policy workshop co-organised with WHO Turkey

Additionally  six regional launch events were organised in the four months following the Commission publication, focusing on dissemination of the Commission recommendations:

South America (San Salvador, Brazil) – December 2018

North America (New York, USA) – December 2018

Europe (Berlin, Germany) – December 2018

Africa (South Africa) – December 2018

Middle East (Beirut, Lebanon) - February 2019

Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal) - April 2019

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UN Global Compact for Migration Intervention

Event Chatham House London January 2019.

Chatham House Panel Discussion 

World Health Assembly Side Event May 201

World Health Assembly Official Side Event

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Commissioners at Southern Africa Roundtable

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Commissioners and collaborators in Ankara, Turkey

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