Management and Science University (MSU) seeks equitable health access for migrant workersMigration and integration into indigenous communities have resulted in a culturally diverse South-East Asia.
Coordinating advocacy of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) policies on migrant workers' human rights, together with the United Nations' Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Migrant Workers Health Congress (MigWHealth) 2018 was organized by Management and Science University (MSU) with North South Initiative (NSI).
Themed ‘Towards Equitable Health Accessibility Initiatives’, MigWHealth seeks to raise more than awareness into the state of migrant workers’ health. Its objectives include channeling research into migrant workers’ health, building capability as well as opportunity for research into migrant workers health, and increasing collaborations with healthcare providers, industries and researchers into migrant workers’ health.
Remarked MSU President Professor Tan Sri Dato' Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid in welcoming participants to MigWHealth 2018,
“United Nations statistics show one in every thirty is a migrant, and the current 258 million migrants approximate to 3.5 percent of the world population. Sixty million are forcibly displaced. Migration is a human phenomenon and a global issue, and an area to which we can contribute our perspective through the research ecosystem at MSU.
“Our effort in hosting MigWHealth 2018 is a manifestation of our aspiration to be a leading transformative global university, engaging the society as a caring institution, delivering relevant translational research and a holistic education to create a better future for all.”
MSU MigWHealth 2018 presented six tracts encompassing Wellness and Quality of Life, Health Management and Accessibility, Mental Health and Work Related Stress, Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children Health, and Migrant Health Education. Its launch at MSU Performing Arts Theatre saw health clinics provided to migrants as well as visitors, supported by MSU Medical Centre (MSUMC) as well as MSU Medical and Health Sciences cluster; the latter comprising MSU International Medical School, MSU School of Pharmacy, and MSU Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
MSU Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Launched in conjunction with MigWHealth Congress 2018 was the DEFF Project, a video documentary competition open to ASEAN university students. Adapted from the Freedom Film Fest Network, the Diversity and Ethno-Cultural Film Fest (DEFF) Project is an MSU Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) promoting a caring institution, ensuring equal opportunities for advancement in life irrespective of socio-economic standing, and highlighting the uniqueness of the ASEAN community.
Established as a flagship ASEAN community engagement programme, the MSU DEFF Project aims to identify social justice gaps and highlight issues among community's marginalized. Harnessing the power of media exposure to aid the plight of minority migrants, the DEFF Project will be screening winning entries from its competition at the next MigWHealth Congress in December 2019.
In developing a knowledge database and establishing a research reference point for ASEAN collaborators and research into migrant workers’ health, MigWHealth seeks also to maximize research capacity by preventing overlaps. Scientifically and ethically collected data on migrant workers’ health will be peer-reviewed for validation through research articles bound for ISI and Scopus-indexed journals.
MigWHealth 2018 also featured a workshop for students on writing without plagiarism and copyright infringement.
The programme by MSU Research Management Centre (RMC) counted co-organizers International Relief and Development Inc. (IRD) Blumont USA, United Nations University - International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH), All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
MSU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours)
MigWHealth 2018 sponsors were MSU Foundation, MSU Eye Centre, MSU Medical Centre, International Vision and Eyecare Alliance, and Alcon Novartis.
MSU Bachelor of Optometry (Honours)