Manila Health Center
The Philippines is one of the largest migrant-sending countries in the world. With over one million Filipinos leaving the country each year to migrate overseas, it is important to identify and address conditions that are of concern to public health in order to mitigate the adverse impact of the migrants’ suspected illnesses. Health assessments also help migrants to integrate better into their destination countries, by reducing the possibility of being excluded by their would-be communities due to certain health conditions. Upon the request of the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada, IOM established the Manila Health Centre (MHC) in February 2013.
MHC has so far processed more than 82,000 applicants who have migrated to the United Kingdom or Canada. Depending on the situation, the type of migrant and country-specific guidelines, MHC offers a variety of services which include: