Kolitha Wickramage is a Health Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) headquarters in Geneva. He previously led IOM’s health program in Sri Lanka, where he assisted in the development of a comprehensive migration health policy through an evidence-based, interministerial process. He co-chaired the National Research Committee on Migration Health in Sri Lanka and has provided technical support and review in formulating the national action plan on migration health in Bangladesh. He previously worked with the World Health Organization (WHO). He completed his bachelor’s and doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, and has a master of public health (UNSW) and a master’s in human rights (health law). He is an alumna of the Harvard University Leadership program.
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International labor migration has become vital to economic development in Asian countries, but for children and families left behind, it can also at times create a negative influence on health, break down family and social cohesion, and increase the burden on health systems, as this MPI-IOM issue brief explores.