Carlos Van der Laat

Carlos Van der Laat

 

Carlos Van der Laat is the IOM Regional Migration Health Officer for the Americas. Specialist in Family and Community Medicine, he has a Master's Degree in Human Rights and Education for Peace. He has worked for the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and the University of Costa Rica, as well as a consultant forespecia the Pan American Health Organization and UNICEF. He specializes in intercultural health, from where he has formulated and coordinated community projects.
 

LGBTI migrants should not be discriminated against, and there are things States can do

In 2017, Amnesty International indicated in this report that two thirds of LGBTI refugees from Central America with whom they spoke between 2016 and 2017, have suffered sexual and gender-based violence in Mexico. 

World Health Day forces us to reflect on the habits that could cause a negative effect on our health and on the measures, we must take to minimize the risks to a disease. It forces us to eat better, to perform more physical activity, to avoid stress and fundamentally to perform medical examinations that allow us to detect and treat all kinds of illness in time. But what happens when people migrate? Many of those factors, habits and conditions that are already known and that determine your health are modified.