The Joint UN Initiative on Migration and Health in Asia (JUNIMA) is a regional, multi-sector coordination mechanism that brings together governments, civil society organizations, regional associations, development partners and UN agencies to effectively advocate, promote policies, build partnerships, share information and support action on the right to health and access to communicable disease prevention, treatment, care and support services for migrant populations in Asia.

JUNIMA evolved in 2009 from the former United Nations Regional Task Force on Mobility and HIV Vulnerability Reduction in South East Asia (UNRTF), as there was an ongoing need for an effective regional coordination mechanism to advocate for access to health for migrants in Asia.



Strategic Focus and Objectives

JUNIMA’s vision is for all migrants and their families to have equal access to healthcare throughout the migration process and to live healthy, productive lives.

JUNIMA’s mission is to support governments, civil-society organizations, regional associations, UN agencies and development partners to share information, advocate for migrant-inclusive health policies and increase investment in migrant health, including access to health services at all stages of the migration process.






To strengthen multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder partnerships to link and operationalize regional and national strategies and action plans on access to health for migrants.


To ensure that strategic information informs decision making, policymaking and programming across the region to improve the health of migrants.


To facilitate and advocate regional instruments and national laws and policies, which ensure equal access to health and social services at all stages of the migration process.


JUNIMA is a regional coordinating mechanism on migration health and is comprised of member representatives from governments, non-governmental and civil society organizations, inter-governmental regional associations, development partners and UN agencies throughout Asia. The Steering Committee forms the primary governance structure of JUNIMA and is comprised of elected, multi-sector representatives who direct our work.

Steering Committee:

International Organization for Migration Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Coordination Network of Action and Research on Mobility in Asia – CARAM Asia (JUNIMA Co-Chair)

World Health Organization – South East Asia Regional Office (JUNIMA Co-chair)

Association for Southeast Asian Nations – ASEAN Secretariat

Action for Health Initiatives – ACHIEVE Philippine

Migrant Forum Asia

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific

Government of Cambodia, Ministry of Health

Government of Thailand, Ministry of Public Health

Government of the Philippines, Department of Health


ASEAN Secretariat


Migrant Forum Asia

Asia-Pacific Network of PLHIV (APN+)

Raks Thai Foundation (CARE Thailand)

Mekong Migration Network

International Federation of the Red Cross

Nepal Institute of Development Studies (Nepal)

ACHIEVE (Philippines)

OKUP (Bangladesh)

Community Development Services (Sri Lanka)


International Organization for Migration (IOM)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

World Health Organization (WHO)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Asian Development Bank (ADB)

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Member organizations of JUNIMA contribute to key JUNIMA objectives of sharing strategic information, strengthening multi-sector partnerships and advocating the right to health and good migrant health policies in Asia.

The strength of JUNIMA comes from its diverse, multi-sector, highly knowledgeable, and committed member organizations from governments, inter-agency bodies, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), civil society organizations, UN agencies and development partners throughout Asia.