The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a cooperation agreement to address issues of migration and health. The two are building on a three-year relationship following a previous agreement signed in 2013.
“Migration plays a major role on the health of urban populations, and we want to create knowledge that will inform such issues through this partnership,” said APHRC’s Executive Director, Alex Ezeh.
APHRC’s Urbanization and Wellbeing research program is currently exploring rural-urban migration and its health outcomes. By 2050, nearly seven in ten people will be living in cities. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), currently the least urbanized of all major regions of the world, will see the share of its urban population increasing from the current level of about 37% to more than 60%.
“We recognize that APHRC has the capacity to generate and deliver quality evidence-based research on urban populations” said IOM’s Regional Director for Southern Africa Josiah Ogina, “we each have a niche that can work towards addressing issues of migrants and their health.”
IOM promotes policies informed by evidence and holistic program that are beneficial, accessible and equitable for vulnerable migrants and mobile populations.
The two organizations will collaborate to conduct research that provides better understanding of migration and health as well as strategize on different ways of getting related research into policy dialogue within different structures in sub-Saharan Africa.