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Taking Stock: Joint Conference EQUI-HEALTH & ADAPT Projects
11 May 2016 – Lisbon, Portugal


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), took place on 11 May 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal (please see agenda here for more details). The event preceded 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 presented the results of research on health care policies concerning migrants in 38 mainly European countries, as well as advocated for policy change across Europe to improve access to appropriate health care services for migrants in an irregular situation.

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 were presented at the joint conference. The first was 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 collaboration presented was 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:

The evaluation report is available here.

Pictures of the event are available here.







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