Global migration expert to give public lecture

Published: 25 April 2016 at 16:58

Refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos

International leader on migrant health to speak at Anglia Ruskin University

A key global expert and policy driver on the health of migrants is to deliver a public lecture next month at Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Davide Mosca, Director of the Migration Health Department of the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), will deliver a free talk to members of the public at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus.

Dr Mosca will speak about topics including the health issues caused by the current European migrant crisis, the IOM’s approach to tackling TB and malaria among migrants, and global health security threats.

It is estimated that more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, compared to 280,000 the previous year. In northern France, thousands of migrants attempting to reach the UK have set up rudimentary camps and, according to a report published by the University of Birmingham, are living in “diabolical conditions”.

A question and answer session with a panel of global experts in the field of migrant health will follow Dr Mosca’s talk. The panel will include experts from the University of Ottawa and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The discussion will be moderated by Anglia Ruskin University’s Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana.

Dr Mosca has worked for 24 years in Africa and the Middle East as a surgeon and in public health roles. He joined the IOM in 1994 and helped develop health programmes for migrants and refugees across that region. In 2003, he designed a medical evacuation programme for citizens affected by the war in Iraq. He took up his current post in 2008.

Dr Siriwardhana, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“The refugee crisis in Europe is the biggest ongoing news story of the last year and represents a major challenge for governments, aid agencies and organisations concerned with mental health. With so much instability in parts of Africa and the Middle East – areas where Dr Mosca is extremely familiar with – the issue is not going away and is likely to provoke plenty more discussion in the coming months.

“Dr Mosca is one of the world’s foremost experts in migrant health and it is a real pleasure for us to welcome him to Anglia Ruskin University. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible come along to what promises to be a fascinating discussion.”

The lecture will take place on Thursday, 12 May from 3pm until 4pm at the Postgraduate Medical Institute within Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus. It is free to attend, but places must be booked in advance.