Sudden cardiac death and kidney health related problems among Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia

  • Nirmal Aryal Bournemouth University, Room 313 A, Royal London House, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth Dorset, BH1 3LT, U.K.
  • Pramod R Regmi Bournemouth University, UK
  • Erwin Martinez Faller Tagum Doctors College, Philippines
  • Edwin van Teijlingen Bournemouth University, UK
  • Chan Chee Khoon University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Adrian Pereira North South Initiative (NSI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Padam Simkhada Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Keywords: Migrant workers, sudden cardiac deaths, public patient involvement, labour migration, kidney diseases

Abstract

This paper reports on a consultation meeting that discussed two emerging health issues of Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia and the ways they can be addressed. Primarily, it focused on the issue of sudden cardiac deaths of Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia. This issue has been raised internationally by both scientific and media in the recent years. Secondly, it discussed kidney health related problem among Nepali migrant workers which has caught the attention of Nepali media recently. The meeting was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 19th April, 2019 where twenty people including health researchers, representatives of migrant related national and international organizations, and Nepali migrant workers participated. The meeting concluded that three types of data collection are needed: (1) good record of deaths, if at possible proper post-mortems; (2) a verbal autopsy tool to help identify underlying causes ; and qualitative research into kidney related problems.

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Author Biographies

Nirmal Aryal, Bournemouth University, Room 313 A, Royal London House, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth Dorset, BH1 3LT, U.K.

Post Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Pramod R Regmi, Bournemouth University, UK

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Visiting Fellow, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, India; Chitwan Medical College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Erwin Martinez Faller, Tagum Doctors College, Philippines

Research Management Center
and Migrant Workers Health Alliance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University, UK

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and
Visiting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Nepal

Chan Chee Khoon, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Professor

Padam Simkhada, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Public Health Institute and
Visiting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Nepal

Published
2019-09-26
How to Cite
Aryal, N., Regmi, P., Faller, E., Teijlingen, E., Khoon, C., Pereira, A., & Simkhada, P. (2019). Sudden cardiac death and kidney health related problems among Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 9(3), 788-791. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v9i3.25805
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Short Communications