IOM, Embassy of Philipines Conduct an Awareness-Raising Event on Health Issues to Female Migrants

Cairo, 16 August 2016 - IOM Egypt organized a health awareness-raising event to Filipina women migrants in Egypt in coordination with the Embassy of Philippines in Egypt on Saturday, August 13.

The event covered two main health topics: cervical and breast cancer and Hepatitis B and C with the ultimate aim of raising women’s awareness on predisposing factors, means of prevention, diagnosis and the importance of having regular medical checkups.

During the event, IOM medical team conducted quick medical screening and counselling to interested participants, following which they were referred to further medical investigations as relevant.
More than 80 per cent of the participants received coupons for referral to Ladies Health Alliance for specialized medical checkups; while 85 percent had their blood samples collected during the event to check for Hepatitis B and C.

“The awareness-raising event encouraged participants to have regular check-ups as early detection of Cancer leads to better prognosis and higher cure rates,” said Dr Heidi Goubran, National Programme Officer at IOM’s Migration Health Unit.

“Filipinas in Egypt working as household service workers tend not to focus on their own health, so we are grateful to the IOM for events like this that highlight women's health issues and provide access to check-ups and testing,” said Mr. Jahzeel Abihail Cruz, Vice Consul at the Philippine Embassy.

The event comes as a follow up to IOM’s activities on International Women’s Day in March where more than 200 migrant women received free cervical and breast cancer checks. Further follow-ups to positively diagnosed women were also facilitated and covered by IOM.