Good migration governance and health

Migration Governance and Health in Austria and Uganda

With this project, adult education courses on Health and Migration at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, are developed and implemented.
The courses focuses on the nexus of health and migration in an interdisciplinary approach and in relation to good migration governance.

The courses are designed in close cooperation with stakeholders at international, national and sub-national level. They contribute to better working and living conditions and migration sensitive health care provision in Uganda. They improve awareness and knowledge about legal migration to Europe/Austria as well as shed light on the dangers and pitfalls of irregular migration. Participants receive a certificate from Makerere University, Uganda, the Center for Health and Migration, Austria, and the International Organization for Migration – UN Agency.

The project is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. It was developed and is implemented in partnership with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, the Center for Health and Migration, Vienna, Austria, and the International Organization for Migration – UN Agency. The project started in June 2020 and ends in September 2022.

Symposium „Migration Governance and Health“

Kampala, September 1-2, 2022 


Department of Social Work and Social Administration, School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University

IOM – UN Migration, RO for East and Horn of Africa

Center for Health and Migration, Vienna, Austria


Health and Migration“

3 online courses
2 open forums

353 participants from
17 countries (Uganda, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Turkey)

17 thematic sessions, covering  foundations of and research on migration and health / global and African perspectives on migration health governance / regular and irregular migration in the context of South to South and South to North migration /  COVID-19 impact / rights to health and social protection for migrants / gender issues /mental health and well-being /physical health, including communicable and non-communicable diseases / humanitarian and complex emergency settings

21 facilitators from 11 countries

1st online course „Health and Migration“

March 1 – April 1, 2021

2nd online course „Health and Migration“

August 23 – September 30, 2021

3rd online course „Health and Migration“

January 31 – March 29, 2022

WORLD HEALTH SUMMIT, Regional Meeting-Africa 2021 Kampala, Uganda

Panel Migrant and Refugee Health: An Agenda for Africa

Input by Ronald Kalyango Sebba, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University and  Ursula Trummer, Center for Health and Migration


The global Migration Health and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI) aims to advance evidence-informed global migration health policies and practices (through the unique international migration health researchers’ collaboration) that will improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities affected by migration.

The network aims to develop an international community of practice focused on the generation of quality, ethical, and rights-based research to inform the development of policy and programming to improve the health and wellbeing of people on the move.

Membership represents multiple actors, including academics and researchers based in civil society organisations who work with migrant groups. Ensuring that the voices of migrants are included in the network’s activities is central to MHADRI’s approach.
Ursula Trummer is member of the MHADRI executive board.



Advancing the migration health research agenda for evidence-informed policy and practice

Lunchtime panel discussion at the 109th session of the IOM council

The panel focused on Global Compact for Migration (GCM) objectives calling for better data for migration governance, and the ways in which Member States can be supported in developing evidence-informed, migrant-sensitive health systems and policies. The high-level panel was joined by representatives from the Global Health Centre, Center for Health and Migration, Migration Health and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI) network, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and IOM.

Capacity Building for Migration Health Training, Research and Policy Analysis in the East African Community and the European Union
particularly Austria

In 2016, CHM started cooperating with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala/Uganda.

This cooperation aims to contribute to reducing push-factors of migration such as lack of opportunities for education, work, and lack of access to health care; and to provide better knowledge about frameworks of migration to Europe and a realistic view on working and living conditions there. It works cross-sectional and combines migration governance with building resources for a public health system in Uganda.