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Annual Review

MHD AR 2012 11Sept2013

Migration Health: 2012 Annual Review





International Migration, Health and Human Rights



Taking Stock: Joint Conference EQUI-HEALTH & ADAPT Projects


11 May 2016 -- The joint conference of the EQUI-HEALTH “Fostering Health Provisions for Migrants, Roma and Other Vulnerable Groups” and ADAPT projects, co-organized by IOM and COST Action IS1103 ADAPT (Adapting European health systems to diversity), will take place on 11 May 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.  The event will precede the Conference on Migrants and Health Actions funded under the Health Programme 2008-2013 and 2014-2020 organized by the Portuguese Directorate General for Health, DG SANTE and CHAFEA on 12-13 May 2016.

The joint conference on 11th May will present the results of research on health care policies concerning migrants in 38 mainly European countries, as well as advocating for policy change across Europe to improve access to appropriate health care services for migrants in an irregular situation.  The full agenda is HERE.

In the framework of the EQUI-HEALTH project, IOM and ADAPT worked in partnership on several activities, and the outcomes of two of these collaborations will be presented at the joint conference. The first is the integration of a Health strand in the fourth edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), involving also collaboration with the Migration Policy Group. To supplement these quantitative results, Country Reports are being prepared for 34 countries and will be published later this year. The second is the development of Consensus Guidelines on access to health services for migrants in irregular situations. These present an overview of expert opinion on the health care needs of such migrants, the diverse arguments for improving their access to health care, and the issues involved in providing adequate care.

The EQUI-HEALTH project, launched in 2012, is co-funded under the 2nd Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health by the EC/DG SANTE, through CHAFEA. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

More information on the ADAPT project: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/IS1103



To register for the conference please do so on the website of the Conference on Migrants and Health Actions:http://chafea-migrants-health-2016.eu/index.jsp



For any queries, please send an e-mail to: equi-healthconf -at- iom.int



IOM signs agreement with European Commission / DG Sante for the Re-HEALTH project, "Support to Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges"

13 January 2016 - The European Commission Directorate-General for Health & Food Safety (DG SANTE) has officially announced the signature of the IOM MHD RO Brussels second Direct Agreement for the project ‘Re-HEALTH - Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges’. The €1 million project of a total €5.6 million, granted through the Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) is part of the actions to support Member States under particular migratory pressure under the EU 3rd Health Programme.

The action intents to provide support to MS under particular migratory pressure and to NGOs working in those MS to help address the health related issues of arriving migrants by 1) establishing links between the hotspots and the health systems; 2) making use of the already established Handbook and Personal Health Record (PHR) , developed with MHD HQ and HAP, to check the health status/health needs of the arriving refugees and other migrants; 3) ensuring that health assessments and preventive measures are provided (including vaccination), taking into account the needs of children and other vulnerable groups; and 4) ensuring that data initially collected in the handbook are kept in an online database platform in order to be available at the destination country.

The European Commission has also announced the signature of another 3 funded actions involving NGOs, academics, national and local health authorities, international organizations and stakeholders.

Migration Policy Group launches new Migration Integration Policy Index tool

12 Nov 2015, Brussels -- The Migration Policy Group has officially launched an electronic tool able to automatically generate the Country Results of the 2015 Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) in PDF format. The tool is meant to facilitate the work of policy makers, researchers and experts in the field of migration and integration practices.

The new E-PDF tool (click link) includes the presentation of the specific Health Strand that has been added to MIPEX for the first time in 2015 in collaboration with RO Brussels’ Migration Health Unit.

The MIPEX measures migrant integration policies in all EU Member States, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. The Health Strand is the result of trilateral efforts of IOM RO Brussels Health Unit, the Migration Policy Group (MPG) and the research network COST ADAPT.  With this inclusion, “Health” is on the map an integral part of migrant integration policies together with Labour Market Mobilisation, Education, Political Participation, Access to Nationality, Family Reunion, Permanent Residence and Anti-Discrimination. The “Country by Country” launch was completed at the end of June 2015.

The MIPEX 2015 is produced as part of the project: “Integration Policies: Who Benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates” co-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals, European Union. The research for the Health Strand was co-funded by the International Organization for Migration IOM, the DG SANTÉ (Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety) and CHAFEA (Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency) of the European Commission.

For more information, please contact RO Brussels Migration Health ROBrusselsMHUnit -at- iom.int

Migration, Mobility and Minority status are Social Determinants of Health. While migrants make important contributions to national and global economies, they are often exposed to conditions during the migration cycle {pre-departure, transit, arrival and return} which increase their vulnerability. Migrants and Minorities often face multiple obstacles in access to health and social services, related to legal, administrative, financial and cultural barriers, and exacerbated by discrimination and social exclusion. IOM delivers and promotes comprehensive, preventive and curative health programmes which are beneficial, accessible, and equitable for migrants, minorities and mobile populations.

 The IOM Migration Health Division “Healthy Migrants in Healthy Communities”health

IOM Health promotes a public health approach to migrant and minority health:

  • to ensure migrants’ right to health
  • to avoid disparities in health status and access to services
  • to reduce excess mortality and morbidity 
  • to optimize health outcomes and the ensuing contribution to social cohesion, growth and development

In Europe, IOM RO Brussels works in partnership with EU institutions (DG Health and Consumers, DG Research and EU Agencies), Regional Networks (NDPHS, SEEHN), other IOs academic networks and Civil Society Organisations in support of policy development, providing technical advice as well as the implementation of projects.

MHD RO Brussels also collaborates closely with Member States and in particular has supported the health agendas of the Portuguese (2007) and the Spanish (2010) EU Presidencies in their priorities on migrant health and health inequalities respectively. IOM has supported the drafting of the Bratislava Declaration on Human Rights, Health and Migration (November 2007) of the Council of Europe (CoE). Furthermore, IOM participated in the work of the CoE’s Expert Committee on Mobility, Migration and Access to Health Care, whose recommendations, CM/Rec (2011), were adopted in November 2011 by the Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe.

In December 2012 IOM was awarded a direct grant by DG Health and Consumers for the EQUI-HEALTH project within the framework of the 2020 EC Public Health Programme. The projects aims to improve access to quality health care services for migrants, Roma and other vulnerable ethnic minority groups, including irregular migrants, in the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), and Croatia and Turkey over the next three years.

Key Projects and Links:

  • Fostering health provisions for migrants, the Roma and other vulnerable groups (EQUI-HEALTH)
  • Mobility of Health Professionals (MoHProf)
  • Improving HIV Data Comparability in Migrant Populations and Ethnic Minorities in EU/EEA/EFTA Countries (ECDC
  • Increasing Public Health Safety Alongside the New Eastern European Border Line (PHBLM)
  • Assisting Migrants and Communities (AMAC): Analysis of Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities
  • AIDS and Mobility (A&M)
  • Building Healthy Roma Communities (Roma Health – Phase I and II) pdf
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Capacity Building in the Democratic Republic of Congo