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1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health – 17-19 May 2018, Edinburgh

Lead by the Executive Committee of the Congress, the University of Edinburgh and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and supported by an international Scientific Committee and International Advisory Board, the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health – Diversity and Health will be organized on the 17-19 May 2018 in Edinburgh.

The MERH 2018 Congress will be hosting world renowned scholars, researchers, healthcare professionals, leaders and students working within the social, political and medical & public health disciplines that are essential to the improvement of Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health.

The Congress will cover different aspects of the field concerned, such as migration and ethnic minorities in the health care, health care policy, health inequalities as well as health care services and consequences of migration.

In addition, the Scientific Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentation at Congress, which will provide a unique opportunity for participants to meet, share their knowledge and experience, and discuss the issues in this field.

More information on abstract and workshop submission, please see here.
For more information on the Congress and registration, please visit the Congress’ website:

The Catalan Parliament approves new law on the universalization of public health care

On 14th June 2017, the Catalan Parliament approved a new law on the universalization of public health care in Catalonia with the favorably votes of most of the political groups.

The new law represents a step forward in respect of the structural reform of the Spanish National Health System introduced in 2012 by the Royal Decree 16/2012 of 20 April, through which urgent measures to ensure the sustainability of the National Health System and improve the quality and safety of its benefits was intended.

However, the implementation of the approved RDL 16/2012 derived into a setback for the principle of universality of the Spanish Health care System, by which the provision of healthcare services to undocumented migrants, main population group affected by the reform, and other vulnerable groups was restricted. Therefore, the new law only guarantees the provision of emergency health care for undocumented migrants, minors and pregnant women.1

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Guide for intercultural mediation in health care

28 February 2017 – The Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment in Belgium has published the ‘Guide for Intercultural Mediation in Health Care’, a guideline for good practices in intercultural mediation.

Based on some of the principles of the intercultural mediation program financed by the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and Federal Institute for Health Insurance (FIHI) in Belgium, the document also intends to be a guide for the organization of intercultural mediation in health care institutions.

This guide provides a set of standards and a point of reference for intercultural mediators and care providers on the evaluation of intercultural mediation practices. It also provides a code of conduct and examples of complex situations that intercultural mediators and care providers could be confronted with.

The document is available in French, Dutch and English here.

Health Mediation models in the EU: Examples of good practices

28 February 2017 – The report ‘Health Mediation models in the EU: Example of good practices’, has now been published as part of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) project “Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma and other vulnerable groups” (Equi-Health), specifically under the sub-action on Roma Health.

The report compiles and presents different health mediation models from participating project partner countries to the Regional Pilot Intervention on "Health Mediation and the Roma", launched within this framework. The document contains a short description of the mediation models as well as case studies from the work of the mediators in each of the participating countries, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Slovakia, and Spain.

This report has been produced by National Network of Health mediators (NNHM) in Bulgaria and with the collaboration of project partner countries, including the FPS Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment (Belgium); Healthy Communities, n.p.o. and the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (Slovakia); the CESPYD-Universidad de Sevilla, the Universidad Pública de Navarra, the Catalan Agency of Public Health - Health Ministry of the Catalan Government, and the Asociación UNGA (Spain); and the National Health Mediation Program (France).

The report is available here.

Health mediation among Roma minorities in Bulgaria is a good practice that can be beneficial in other EU Member States

06 January 2017 - On the 8th of December 2016, in Sofia, the Bulgarian National Network of Health Mediators (NNMH) organized the 10th meeting within the framework of the project “Initiative for Health and Immunoprophylaxis”. The project was launched in 2012 and is implemented in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Representatives from the Ministries of Health, Labour and Social Policy, and various medical associations, regional health authorities, civil society organizations, international organizations, GlaxoSmithKline and health mediators took part in the meeting. IOM, as a longstanding partner of the NNMH was invited to attend the meeting. The main objective of this event was to discuss the continuation of the health mediation programme in Bulgaria through regional and national projects, as well as the work of the Roma health mediators among vulnerable communities across the country. The meeting focused on the exchange of experiences and good practices in terms of collaboration between the Roma health mediators, authorities and health personnel with the goal of improving the quality of and access to health care and services.

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