IRIN: SOUTH AFRICA - Migrants’ health care hit by deportations

While most nations are dependent to some extent on the world’s 214 million migrants for skills and labour, few ensure these migrants have access to their health systems, something that could have dire public health consequences, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)...

Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and several other organisations have raised concerns about the poor access to medical services for migrants detained in the border town of Musina.... We’ve come across [HIV-positive] patients who were arrested and detained there without their ARVs," said Christine Mwongera, MSF's project coordinator in Musina. "We also found TB cases that hadn’t been detected so we had to find a way to get them out. Some [detainees] had been sexually assaulted while crossing into South Africa and held there without any medical attention."... Read full article