IOM and Direct Relief team up for crisis-afflicted migrants

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A collaboration between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Direct Relief aims to provide essential medicines and medical supplies to migrants and their host communities during times of crisis.

A collaboration agreement between IOM and Direct Relief signed on March 1 “marks a milestone in enhancing emergency health response to crisis-affected populations,” according to a press release issued by the two organizations the same day.

The partnership has already “yielded significant results with the delivery (29 February) of a fully equipped field hospital in support of the health services provided by the Jordanian Royal Medical Services in Gaza,” the press release added.

“This invaluable contribution includes 50 beds and 38 tents, along with essential medical and surgical equipment, and medicines crucial for treating patients inside Gaza,” it noted.

Healthcare assistance at the heart of the partnership

“Our partnership with Direct Relief opens doors to resources that are vital for delivering urgent medicines and supplies to those in need, particularly in moments of crisis,” said Ugochi Daniels, IOM’s Deputy Director General for Operations.

At the core of this collaboration lies the supply of medications, medical apparatus, and healthcare provisions. This critical aid is poised to bolster IOM’s ability to promptly address the urgent healthcare requirements of migrants and nomadic communities amidst humanitarian and public health crises, as highlighted in the press release.

Furthermore, extending beyond immediate relief endeavors, the partnership will also contribute to emergency preparedness and response initiatives, IOM said. This includes initiatives to stockpile and pre-position medical supplies in collaboration with IOM host countries. Through improved coordination and response mechanisms, IOM and Direct Relief aspire to reinforce the sustainability and resilience of healthcare systems in confronting crises, as emphasized in the statement.

Data collection key to improving effectiveness

“Direct Relief is so pleased to join in partnership with IOM to help address the tremendous humanitarian health needs that exist among the world’s migrants and the communities that host them,” said Thomas Tighe, Chief Executive Officer of Direct Relief.”Private, philanthropic resources have always been an important part of the humanitarian assistance efforts for migrants, and we look forward to extending a broader invitation to participate — in a productive, efficient manner through coordination with IOM, which will optimize all available resources and best serve people in need.”

Additionally, the collaboration will extend its reach to encompass data collection and analysis in displacement settings, enabling more effective decision-making and targeted response efforts.

“Through joint research and analysis, IOM and Direct Relief will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by migrants and mobile populations to inform evidence-based interventions,” the press release noted.

As the partnership between IOM and Direct Relief takes shape, both organizations “strive towards advancing healthcare access and health equity for migrants on a global scale,” it stressed.

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