IOM, in its role of United Nations Migration Agency, delivers and promotes comprehensive, preventive and curative health programmes which are beneficial, accessible, and equitable for migrants and mobile populations. Bridging the needs of both migrants and IOM member states, MHD, in close collaboration with partners, contributes towards the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants, enabling them and host communities to achieve social and economic development.

United Kingdom Pre-Departure Tuberculosis Detection Programme (UKTB)

The programme provides migration support service to the United Kingdom through pre-departure tuberculosis screening. The programme screens all visa applicants intending to stay in the United Kingdom for six months or longer. All cases diagnosed with active tuberculosis are referred to the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) for treatment and monitoring.

In addition, to facilitate family reunification, the programme also conducts anti-fraud measures – such as DNA testing and bio-sampling – at the request of the United Kingdom Government. Finally, the programme works in partnership with The Gambia’s national health system to build national and local capacities in migration health management.