Pre-migration health activities are an array of procedures undertaken in the context of regular international migration that is aimed at achieving at least one of the following: 

  • Identify health conditions of public health importance (communicable and non-communicable) in relation to specific country legislation and International Health Regulations (IHR); 
  • Provide continuity of care linking pre-departure, travel, transit and post-arrival phases; 
  • Establish fitness to travel to another country;  
  • Improve the health of migrants before departure to another country through the provision of preventative or curative care; 
  • Minimize or mitigate public health risks related to mobility.  

They may include either or both of migration health assessments and pre-departure medical procedures, and may contain any number of screening, diagnostic, treatment or preventive services, as well as health-related travel assistance.