Johannesburg Migrant Health Forum

Johannesburg Migrant Health Forum

The Johannesburg Migrant Health Forum (JHB-MHF) was established in 2008 by the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), with the latter currently serving as the secretariat.

The JHB-MHF is an informal forum with the purpose to support member organisations in taking action to address the public health needs of migrants; share knowledge and experience; disseminate research; avoid duplication of effort; and facilitate collaboration where appropriate. The forum meets to network and share ideas on current projects, programmes and research. We also discuss issues relating to migration and health in Johannesburg. At times, information will be collected to support engagements with other key stakeholders, such as the Department of Health.

The forum is open to individuals from non-governmental organisations, civil society partners, researchers and others with an interest in this area. Members are present in their capacity as individuals, and not as formal representatives of their organisations or institutions. Decisions will be taken on behalf of any organisation or institution, unless a specific request is issued. The forum can also be used as an advocacy tool for the migrant community to know their rights and engage on issues about health.

JHB-MHF Partners

Abel Hospitality Ministries South Africa (AHOMSA)

AHOMSA is a team of Christian health professionals providing health care services, hunger prevention, drinking water provision and skills provision, as well as human resources capacity building to communities in Africa.

African Centre for Migration & Society

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is an interdisciplinary African-based centre of excellence dedicated to shaping global discourse on human mobility and social transformation.

Amnesty International South Africa (AISA)

Amnesty International South Africa, is the South Africa office of Amnesty International, the global movement of members, activists and supporters working together to fight and end injustices across the world and promote the realisation of human rights.

Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA)

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), formerly known as the National Consortium for Refugee Affairs, is a registered non profit organisation tasked with promoting and protecting refugee and migrant rights.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organisation, with 151 member states, committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is an independent human rights organisation with a 38-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa.

Migrant Workers Union of South Africa

The Migrant Workers Union of South Africa (MIWUSA) is an advocacy group to help migrants in South Africa enjoy decent working conditions.

Nazareth House

Nazareth House is a non-profit, charitable organisation, which has served the communities in South Africa for over 130 years. The Sisters of Nazareth have opened their doors to the poorest of the poor in caring for the sick, destitute, aged and under privileged, orphaned children.

Section 27

Section 27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa.

Solidarity Center

The Solidarity Center’s program in South Africa aims to improve the lives of working people, particularly the most vulnerable—farm workers, domestic workers, migrant workers and women workers—who face long-standing barriers to sharing the country’s economic prosperity.

Sonke Gender Justice

Sonke Gender Justice is a nonpartisan, non-profit organisation, established in 2006 with a mission to create the change necessary for men, women, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships.

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute

The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a leading African research institute focusing on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and vaccine preventable diseases.

JHB-MHF Documents

Fact sheet on migration and health in the South African context

In this fact sheet, members of the Migrant Health Forum (MHF) provide journalists and other interested parties with information about the number of non-nationals, unequal distribution, the healthy migrant effect, as well as the law on access to health care services.

Accessing Health Care at Gauteng Hospitals and Clinics: I Know my Rights

What are my rights? How will I be classified? What can I do to ensure I get treatment? Drawing from South Africa’s Constitution, laws and policies pertaining to access to health care services, this fact sheet answers some of these questions.

Health care for migrants in South Africa

This flyer outlines the South African Constitution, Refugees Act and the National Health Act say about the health rights of migrants.