November 30 from 14:00-18:00 UTC, 8:00-12:00 CDMX / 11:00-15:00 hrs Brasilia Time

How has COVID-19 pandemic transformed the migration landscape in the Americas? Are we better prepared for the next global emergency?

Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker

14:00 UTC / 8:00 CDMX  / 11:00 Brasília

  • Why COVID-19 and Migration: Summary of MSF activities in the region in migration, present objectives of the session
    Jennifer Max
    BRAMU Director

  • A call for intersectorial collaboration on research agendas for People on the Move (PoM) especially in pandemics
    Dr. Rene Leyva-Flores
    Researcher in Medical Sciences of the National Institute of Public
    Health, Mexico

Session 01: Mapping and key findings of research at the intersection of COVID-19, health access and outcomes for PoM

14:25 UTC / 8:25 CDMX / 11:25 Brasília

  • Introduction
    Marcos Tamariz
    MSF Deputy Head of Mission CAMINO

  • COVID-19 Impact on Migration and Health: A bibliometric analysis from the International Organization of Migration
    Aleksandar Arnikov
    Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration and Health for the
    Americas, OIM
    Sweetmavourneen Agan
    National Migration Health Research Analyst of the Migration
    Health Division, OIM

  • Systemic discrimination and exclusion: COVID-19 vaccination and the health rights of displaced Venezuelans in Latin America
    David Cecil Hill
    University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

  • The experience of the COVID-19 emergency response on the Northern border in México
    Evelyn Zorrilla
    Data Analyst MSF CAMINO
    Derek johnson
    Manager Epidemiologist MSF

  • Q&A
    All panelists


Session 02: Insight into migration plans during the COVID-19 pandemic in LatAm

15:35 UTC / 9:35 CDMX / 12:35 Brasília

  • Introduction
    Henry Rodríguez
    Head of Roraima Project in Brazil, OCB

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted migration plans and mental health of Haitians in Chile and Mexico
    Teresita Rocha Jiménez
    Center for Research in Society and Health, Universidad Mayor,
    Chile and SocioMedicine Nucleus (SocioMed)

  • COVID-19 and migration routes to the Caribbean
    Dr. Edwin Matamoros Chávez
    Director at the Institute of History of Nicaragua and Central
    America (IHNCA)

  • Q&A
    All panelists


Session 03: Essential lessons learned for improved health care responses for PoM during pandemics

16:40 UTC / 10:40 CDMX / 13:40 Brasília

  • Introduction
    Johana Vinasco
    Former MSF Medical Activity Manager in a migration project in
    Northeast Colombia

  • Health care for international migrants in São Paulo, Brazil: Access and universality in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic
    Denise Martin Coviello
    Associate Professor at the Federal University of São Paulo
    (UNIFESP) in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Editor of
    the magazine Interface Comunicação, Saúde, Educação

  • Inclusion of migrants in health systems in Latin America: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
    Ietza Rocío Bojórquez Chapela
    Professor researcher in the Department of Population Studies of
    El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico and co director of the
    Latin American Hub of the Lancet Commission on Migration and

  • Migration and refuge: necessary topics for Nursing teaching in COVID-19 times Migration
    Regina Yoshie Matsue
    Associate Professor of the Department of Preventive Medicine at
    the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)

  • How Should Clinicians Express Solidarity With Asylum Seekers at the US-Mexico Border
    Hannah H. Janeway
    International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership
    (IDHEAL) Fellow at UCLA

  • Q&A
    All panelists

Summarizing and parting thoughts on PoM voices

  • Closing speaker
    Celso Bambaren Alatrista
    PAHO/WHO Regional Advisor on Health Emergencies