Injury and Mortality in Young Nepalese Migrant Workers: A Call for Public Health Action

Nirmal Aryal, Pramod R. Regmi, Edwin Van Teijlingen, Padam Simkhada, Pratik Adhikary, Yadav Kumar Deo Bhatta, Stewart Mann

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Abstract

Approximately 3.5 million Nepalese are working as migrant workers in the Gulf countries, Malaysia, and India. Every year there are more than 1000 deaths and many hundreds cases of injuries among Nepalese workers in these countries excluding India. A postmortem examination of migrant workers is not carried out in most of these countries, and those with work-related injuries are often sent back to home. Uninsured migrant workers also do not have easy access to health care services in host countries due to the high medical and hospital fees. Greater efforts are needed to protect the health and well-being, labor rights, and human rights of migrant workers from Nepal and other South-Asian nations. There is a need to enforce universal labor laws in these countries and to develop accurate records of mortality and morbidity and their causes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-705
Number of pages3
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume28
Issue number8
Early online date14 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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