IOM Leads Round Table Discussions at the Second African Conference on Key Populations in the HIV Epidemic
The International Organization for Migration participated in the Second African Conference on Key Populations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 17 December 2015. A round table session, co-chaired by Dr. Michela Martini, IOM’s Regional Migration Health Specialist for East and Southern Africa and UNAIDS, was entitled "Migrants, a key population left behind in the HIV response: turn theory into action in East and Southern Africa”.
On 18 December 2015, IOM Tanzania in partnership with the Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania (YUNA) held a commemorative event to celebrate International Migrants Day at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Dar es Salaam.
HIV remains a major public health issue around the world, being responsible for over 35 million deaths to date. Migrants and mobile populations are recognised as being at a high risk of HIV infection as they frequently face marginalisation, exclusion and various barriers to accessing health promotion and care. The disease is especially concerning in Tanzania, where it remains the number one cause of mortality.
On 29 September 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), conducted a training on migration and refugee issues for Tanzanian media in Mtwara. Twenty five journalists from different media houses in Mtwara and Lindi attended the training, which aimed at enhancing Tanzanian journalists’ capacity to effectively report on migration and refugee stories, as well as human trafficking and smuggling.
Groundbreaking IOM Study Reveals Migrants and Migrant Affected Communities Around the Port of Dar es Salaam Have Complex Sexual Networks
A groundbreaking study commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the South African Development Community (SADC) and the support of Tanzania Commission for Aids (TACAIDS) has revealed that key populations working around the Port have a higher risk to contracting HIV/AIDS and STIs due to the complexities of sexual networks within their environment.
Fighting Tuberculosis in the Mining Sector: IOM and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Launch New Action Plan
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious bacterial disease which is transmitted by air and can be fatal. Tanzania has one of the highest burdens of TB in the world with approximately 295 TB cases per 100,000 adults. The mining sector is hardest hit by TB due to vulnerabilities caused by factors such as workers’ exposure to silica and dust, poor working and living conditions and a lack of TB prevention and education services. Added to these factors are others associated with migration such as a lack of social support structures and the inability to access or afford health services.
IOM Conducts Workshops for Law Enforcement Trainers and Practioners to Provide Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking in Tanzania
Human trafficking is a serious issue in Tanzania because it is a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Internal human trafficking is more prevalent than transnational human trafficking and is usually facilitated by friends, family members or intermediaries under the disguise of offering education or job opportunities.
IOM, in coordination with regional authorities and UN partners, has successfully completed a pilot evacuation programme on foot aimed at decongesting Kagunga, a small village on the Tanzania-Burundi border, currently hosting an estimated 50,000 Burundian refugees.
So far, humanitarian access to Kagunga is only possible by boat from the Tanzanian side of Lake Tanganyika. Initially two boats travelling the 60 kilometer stretch from Kagunga to Kigoma would carry 600 people on a daily basis, but that number has now risen to 1,500 as more people flee political violence in Burundi.
IOM Tanzania and the MoFAIC welcomed a group of 53 Tanzanian nationals and their families who fled from the continuing crisis in Yemen to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. IOM provided food, shelter and air transport assistance to help a group of 14 individuals who had fled to Jeddah to return home. The MoFAIC assisted and provided air tickets for the group of 39 who were temporarily housed in Muscat.
The Tanzanian Immigration Department with support by the International Organization for Migration has registered more than 22,000 migrants in the first-of-its-kind ‘pilot’ migrant registration exercise, which it launched in Kigoma region on December 1st 2014.