Children are at the heart of one of the biggest movements of people in history. Tens of thousands journeyed through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the hope of reaching safety or a better life in Europe. When policy changes led to border closures along the Balkan route, the Vinojug refugee and migrant transit centre became home to some fifty children for over ten months. Whether “refugees” or “migrants” — to UNICEF and partners, they have always been children first.
A child’s migration status should never be a barrier to accessing basic health services and enjoying their right to a healthy start in life. Two-month-old baby Ivan enjoys a physical development check-up by UNICEF supported partner, Meri Spasikj, from the Association of medical nurses, technicians and midwifes.