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.
From 5-7 November 2013, senior government representatives from Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as representatives from IOM and UNHCR, came together in Zanzibar to discuss the challenges associated with mixed migratory flows from the Horn to South Africa through Kenya and Tanzania. This, one-of-a-kind ‘Migration Dialogue’, convened by IOM Tanzania through funding from the government of Japan gave government representatives and other stakeholders a platform to discuss cross-regional migration challenges.
“It is both necessary and desirable that governments have policies in place to maximize the positive relationship between migration and development, through engagement with the diaspora.” urged IOM Tanzania’s Chief of Mission, Mr. Damien Thuriaux at Tanzania’s first-ever Diaspora Conference. Mr.
To mark the first ever World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on the 30th of July, IOM joined the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in an educational outreach programme organized for students from selected schools in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzanian immigration officials successfully installed the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at Kabanga One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at the Tanzanian-Burundian border. This was the result of the excellent partnership and close cooperation between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Tanzania Immigration Services Department (TISD). IOM, the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, has invested in developing Border Management Information Systems (BMIS) to respond to the challenges of border and migration management globally.