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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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On behalf of the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration, Regional Office in Brussels, we would like to wish you a Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year.

IOM MHD RO Brussels participates in a workshop on Health Mediation in Paris

16 December 2016 - The Association pour l'Accueil des Voyageurs (AŠAV) held the workshop Health Mediators: A recognized approach, a job to be promoted in the direction of people in vulnerable situation, on 12 December in Paris.

Organized with the support of Public Health France and the French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the workshop aimed at discussing the conditions for the recognition of Roma mediation in health.

The meeting was set to review the conditions that guarantee the neutrality and independence of mediators and the capability of moving towards the empowerment of people. In addition, roundtables were also organized to welcome the testimony and expertise of associations, institutions, mediators and health professionals, including representatives from ARS Normandie, ARS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and ARS Pays de Loire.

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