The Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (MERH) is an actual and virtual meeting point for individual members and affiliated organisations working to protect and improve the health of all, regardless of ethnic background or place of origin. It provides opportunities to exchange information and ideas and promote beneficial change across the world.


  • That everyone has an equal right to health and access to health care regardless of ethnic background, place of origin, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

  • That greater understanding and real progress requires reliable information obtained by scientifically valid and ethical means.

  • That a multi-disciplinary approach is essential, in which the strengths of different organisations, skills and perspectives are brought together in a spirit of openness and cooperation.

  • That special attention needs to be given to the most vulnerable groups including survivors of torture, trafficked people, migrants in irregular situations, refugees and asylum seekers, and women and girls at risk or victims of abuse.

  • That, recognising the need for mutual comprehension and tolerance, we use words such as migrant, race or black with care and as far as possible with an agreed set of meanings.

Latest News

Just Published!

Three angles on using "race" in the Global Society's name: 

"Words and their Meaning"

World Congress on Public Health 2020

"GSMERH Launch" one of the highlights of the 2020 World Congress - WFPHA and EUPHA

New Website

The UNA-UK Sustainable Development Goals website is now live. . Read Prof. Raj Bhopals article "COVID-19 exposes a pandemic of inequality".

New Society Member

New Society Affiliate: We are pleased to announce that Lancet Migration has become an affiliated organisation of the Global Society. 

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