The Migration Health for South Asia (MiHSA) network emerged from a series of consultations, seminars and policy dialogues held in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Malaysia. These meetings were part of – Strengthening Policy and Research Capacities (SPARC) on Migration, Rights and Global health- an initiative supported by the British Council and led by the founding chair of the Network and Global Policy Initiative in Queen Mary University of London with other institutional partners in the region. The SPARC initiative aimed to strengthen research capacities and skills of early career researchers from South & South East Asia and the UK to advance a collaborative research agenda on Migration, Health and Intersectional rights.
These meetings culminated in a capacity building workshop for early career researchers held in Kathmandu and delivered in collaboration with other partners – Nepal Institute of Development Studies, UN-IOM, University of Edinburgh, Delhi University, and Migration Health and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI).
Through these deliberations a consensus emerged around the need for dialogue across research and policy communities, and for a collective learning platform that facilitates such dialogue, takes stock of evidence gaps, strengthens capacities, and develops and delivers a collaborative research agenda and praxis.
MiHSA’s remit is to facilitate partnerships and support its members in delivering this collaborative agenda for evidence-informed and responsive policies in migration health.