ICMHD is a self-financing non-governmental organisation created in 1995 in response to a recommendation by international bodies that met in Geneva to discuss emerging challenges in international public health, especially in the context of migration and how it affects the health of the people who move , the people they leave behind, the people and the healthcare systems they come into contact with in transit and host countries.
Since 1995, ICMHD’s program of work has led to a close collaboration with a number of governments, UN agencies, bilateral groups, other NGOs, and private sector actors. It has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre and as an Implementing Partner by UNAIDS and UNFPA. It has Memorandums of Understanding with the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait, the Spallanzzani Research Hospital in Rome, the Asian Health Literacy Association, and Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. ICMHD is represented in Albania, DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Liberia, Canada, Spain, the UK and the USA.
ICMHD's work is governed by an international Executive Committee and a Board of Directors that review its research and policy agenda and propose new themes of growing concern.
Dr Eamon Kelly, former Chairperson of the Board of US National Science Foundation, former President of Tulane University and Director of Academic Programs, Payson Centre for International Development and Technology Transfer.
Prof Monique Begin, former Minister of Health and Minister of Finance of Canada, Member of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
Dr Mohammed Abdelmoumene, former Deputy Director of WHO, former Deputy Director of UNWRA, former Minister of Health and Minister of Labour of Algeria and Professor of Medicine at the University of Algiers.
Dr Issakha Diallo, Director of Convergence Health for Development; Director of Advance Africa Project; Project Director, Management Sciences for Health; former Director of Primary Health Division, MoH Senegal.
Dr Manuel Carballo, Executive Director of ICMHD, former Chief of Social and Behavioral Research, WHO Global Progam on AIDS, former Public Health Advisor to Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Professor of Clinical Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York.