Scientific Program

International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity and impact. Human migration is now at an all-time high, accounting for 240 million persons and is shaping world events and fuelling political and public debates. People have been migrating since the beginning of human history to escape natural catastrophes, wars and dictatorships or to seek out a better life for themselves and their families. These flows have led to the progressive and balanced mixing of people that has generally been productive, leading to cultural and economic exchanges that have benefited both the native and migrating populations and have built nations. The rate of migration however, has increased dramatically since the 1970s, tripling over this time. Forced migration, driven primarily by conflicts, social injustice and global inequities, has also increased during this same time, resulting in a quarter of all international migrants who are refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced persons many with health disparities. Migrant populations are heterogeneous and have a broad range of health needs -- their presence raises several medical, ethical, economic, social and cultural issues for both migrants and receiving health systems.

International Conference on Migration Health Program-at-a-Glance

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Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Prof. Dr. Francesco Castelli
Prof. Dr. Francesco Castelli

After a period of time spent in Sub-Saharan Africa working for the World Health Organization in the field of diarrheal diseases and infant vaccinations, Prof. Dr. Francesco Castelli became Professor of Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Post-Graduate School of Tropical Medicine at the University of Brescia. At the University of Brescia, Prof. Castelli also acts as the Director of the Department of Mother and Child Care and Medical Bio-Technologies. He is also the head of the Tropical Unit at the Institute for Infectious and Tropical Diseases.


Dr. Ranieri Guerra
Dr. Ranieri Guerra

Dr. Ranieri Guerra has been appointed Assistant Director-General for Special Initiatives of the WHO. A physician from Italy, he has more than 30 years of public health experience. Since 2014, he has served as Director General for Preventive Health and Chief Medical Officer of the Italian Ministry of Health. He has published extensively on humanitarian and emergency operations and health reform in developing and transitional countries. He also has worked with several multilateral organizations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in these settings.


Dr. Joanne Liu
Dr. Joanne Liu

Dr. Joanne Liu, MDCM, FRCP, was elected International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2013. She began MSF field work in 1996 and has undertaken over twenty missions since, in Central Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Her operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence to developing a telemedicine platform connecting physicians in remote sites with medical specialists worldwide. A staunch advocate of anchoring MSF's identity in field-based, quality-driven patient care, she seeks to introduce the same focus into the global health arena.

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Migration: Past, Present, Future

Migration: Where do we go from here?
    Ranieri Guerra, WHO, Italy

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Promoting and Protecting the Health of Migrants
    Francesco Castelli, Italy
    Martin Cetron, United States of America

Migration Today: Challenges and Opportunities
    Jeff Sachs, United States of America
    Paul Spiegel, United States of America

    Patricia Walker, United States of America

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Caring for Migrants as the Result of Irregular Surges: Experiences of Receiving Countries in the European Refugee Crisis
    Joanna Liu, Canada 
    Androula Pavli, Greece
    Susanne Pruskil, Germany

Public Health Surveillance for Refugees and Migrants
    Emily Jentes, United States of America  
    Maurice Ope, Kenya
    Jonathan Suk, Sweden

Caring for Migrants as the Result of Regular Migration: Experiences of Receiving Countries in North America and Australia
    Annalee Coakley, Canada   
    Paul Douglas, Switzerland
    Tseganesh Selameab, United States of America

Mental Health Among Migrants in Different Settings
    Eric Jarvis, Canada
    Cornelius Katona, United Kingdom
    Vincenzo Spigonardo, Italy

Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases
    Charles Agyemang, The Netherlands   
    Maria L. Muiesan, Italy
    Tom Schulz, Australia

Tuberculosis, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis
    Julia del Amo, Spain
    Jordan Feld, Canada
    Sally Hargreaves, United Kingdom

Parasite: Malaria, Chagas, Schistosomiasis, and Strogyloides
    Zeno Bisoffi, Italy
    Rogelio López-Vélez, Spain

    Eli Schwartz, Israel

How to Address Migrant and Refugee Women's Health
    Ghayda Hassan, Canada   
    Crista Johnson-Agbekwu, United States of America
    Claire Tantet, France

Setting Pediatric Migrants Up for Long-Term Success
    Ulrich von Both, Germany
Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, United States of America
    Alisa Miller, United States of America

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Panel Discussions

Regional Migration: Challenges and Opportunities
    MODERATOR: Davide Mosca, Italy
    PANELISTS: Mohammed Yassin, Switzerland
    Abderrahmane Maaroufi, Morocco - INVITED
    Apostolos Veizis, Greece

Publishing, Policy, and the PressShaping the Public and Policy Discourse on Migration Health
    MODERATOR: Kamran Abasi, United Kingdom
    PANELISTS: Aidan White, United Kingdom
    Ibrahim Abubakar, United Kingdom     
    Jacqueline Weekers, United States of America

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Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Among Migrants
    MODERATOR: Ymkje Stienstra, The Netherlands
    PANELISTS: Nina Marano, United States of America
    Delia Goletti, Italy
    Sally Hargreaves, United Kingdom
    Mareike Van der Werf, Sweden

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Vaccination Issues Along the Migration Pathway: Accomplishments and Challenges
    Anita Heywood, Australia
    Michelle Weinberg, United States of America

Building Transcultural Competences and Working with Interpreters and Cultural Brokers
    Gianfranco Costanzo, Italy
    Tseganesh Selameab, United States of America

Educating the Next Generation of Health Care Providers for a Mobile World
     Nathan Bertelsen, Turkey
   Brett Hendel-Patterson, United States of America

The Art and Science of Screening Migrants
    Begoña Monge-Maillo, Spain
    Teymur Noori, Sweden
    William Stauffer, United States of America 

Successfully Engaging Migrants in Health Care
    Janine Benson-Martin, Germany   
    Dominik Zenner, United Kingdom

Digital Solutions to Enhance the Continuity of Care for Refugees and Migrants
    Kanav Kahol, United States of America
    Kudzai Kanhutu, Australia 
    Thomas Schulz, Australia

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Final Conference Wrap-Up

    Kamran Abbasi, United Kingdom
    Marty Cetron, United States of America  
    Patricia Walker, United States of America   
    Joanne Liu, Canada

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Case of the Day

Challenging Cases in Migration Medicine
    Poh Lian Lim, Singapore 
    Eskild Petersen, Oman

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Building Research Networks

    Chuck Hui, Canada 
    Jo Veary, Canada

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Early Morning Sessions

Migration Aspects of GeoSentinel
    David Hamer, United States of America

    ISTM Migration Interest Group Presentation