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Description of a fitness to travel health assessment evaluation tool for displaced Albanian Kosovars in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  1. D W MacPherson1,
  2. J Weekers2,
  3. B D Gushulak2,
  4. T M D O'Rourke3,
  5. C Stiles4,
  6. B D Gushulak5
  1. 1Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program, St Joseph's Hospital and McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Office for Public Health Security, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  2. 2Medical Services, International Organisation for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Medical Services, International Organisation for Migration, Moscow, Russian Federation
  4. 4MDT, Software Inc, Hamilton Ontario, Canada
  5. 5Medical Services Branch, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
 Jacqueline Weekers, International Organisation for Migration, PO Box 71, CH 1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland;

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During the 1999 conflict in Kosovo, an estimated 850 000 people were displaced from Kosovo.1 Many thousands of these people arrived in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). As the physical and political pressures mounted within Macedonia to provide safe haven for the refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called for an international humanitarian evacuation programme (HEP). The International Organisation for Migration2 (IOM) in collaboration with UNHCR and several responding international governments facilitated the voluntary movement of refugees out of Macedonia. More than 91 000 people moved to third countries under the HEP. IOM performed pre-travel “fitness to travel” health assessments for 41 652 refugees …

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