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Focus on Equi-Health’s work on Roma healthcare

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The Croatian magazine on health protection of Roma, ROMI.HR, presents IOM Equi-Health project’s work on Roma health in an interview with Ivan Piteša, Project Coordinator, IOM Croatia.

Based on the Progress Report from a multi-stakeholder perspective on the implementation of the NRIS (National Roma Integration Strategy) and other national commitments in respect to Roma Health in Croatia, produced within the framework of the Equi-Health project, Ivan Piteša discusses the challenges and problems Roma population face in regards to healthcare in Croatia. He talks about the role and activities implemented by the Croatian Ministry of Health in the implementation of measures for better health care of the Roma communities by highlighting the findings and recommendations outlined in the report. The entire report with recommendations is publicly available, and it has been presented to authorities and key stakeholders in the field of health protection of the Roma minority when launched in Croatia.

The full interview in Croatian is published on:

Launch of the Euro Health Mediators platform -

24 October 2016 - Within the framework of the IOM’s EQUI-HEALTH project “Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma and other vulnerable groups”, IOM MHD RO Brussels launches theEuro Health Mediators portal, the online platform of the European Network of Community Health Mediators, created as part of the Regional intervention on Health Mediation and the Roma.

Developed in partnership with the Federal Public Service for Health (Belgium), the National Network of Health Mediators (Bulgaria), the National Institute for Public Health (Romania), CESPYD University of Seville and the Catalonian Public Health Agency (Spain), the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (Slovakia), and the Association pour l'Accueil des Voyageurs (France), the online platform will serve as a tool for communication. It will increase the visibility of the work of the health mediators and promote different health mediation models in the EU, as well as provide an opportunity for harmonization of training programmes and implementation of joint training programmes and exchanges.

The platform is open to all mediation programmes in Europe and provides them with a database for exchange of promotion materials, videos, handbooks translated into multiple languages, as well as link with other EU/regional initiatives on health and mediation.

Launch of the “Recommendations on access to health services for migrants in an irregular situation: an expert consensus”

20 October 2016 - Produced within the framework of the IOM’s EQUI-HEALTH project, in collaboration with COST Action IS1103 ADAPT (Adapting European health systems to diversity), the Recommendations on access to health services for migrants in an irregular situation: an expert consensus, presents the arguments for improving irregular migrants’ access to healthcare services as well as that of all other groups excluded from proper coverage.

Developed in the course of a series of joint international meetings by experts on migration, health policy, human rights law, health economics and epidemiology, as well as by representatives of intergovernmental and civil society organisations, the document provides twelve recommendations and an overview of the relevant research studies, reports, international treaties, policy initiatives and debates on migration and healthcare coverage.

IOM MHD RO Brussels is inviting individual experts and organizations to endorse this expert consensus in order to further backup its content, by sending the full name, title and address of their organisation (in the original language and in English) and its website address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Migration and Health in the press: IOM MHD RO Brussels quoted at the time of the 2016 World Health Summit edition

20 October 2016 - On the occasion of the 2016 World Health Summit held on the 9-11 October in Berlin, the Deutsche Welle wrote on possible chances the meeting will change attitudes towards migrants and refugees in Europe.

Taken from the contributions made by IOM MHD RO Brussels at the migrant health workshop organized in the 2015 WHS edition, the article quotes IOM’s regional migration health manager, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, on the situation concerning migration and refugee health. The article also highlights the contributions made on mental health, for which IOM’s regional migration health manager states that the uncertainties around the EU-Turkey deal on migration as well as the situation of migrants in some EU Member States is aggravating migrants’ mental health.

In addition, the Deutsche Welle also points out IOM’s findings on the structural shortage in the reception process as well as problems and insufficient provision of health care provision and health care assessment to migrants and refugees.

IOM MHD RO Brussels participates at the conference ‘Refugee Migration and Health – Challenges for Germany and Europe’, held on 12-14 October 2016 at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) University of Bielefeld, Germany

18 October 2016 - IOM MHD RO Brussels participated, upon invitation by the University of Bielefeld, at the conference ‘Refugee Migration and Health – Challenges for Germany and Europe’, organized as satellite event to the 2016 World Health Summit in Berlin, a follow up to the WHS 2015, where the first MH workshop was included with contributions from IOM MHD RO Brussels.

The conference aimed to highlight the main challenges for Germany and Europe caused by the recent developments in global migration. Furthermore, the needs in healthcare management for migrant populations in regards health system’s adaptations and challenges, as well as policy developments were also discussed by over 100 participants from various fields.

Represented by Roumyana Petrova-Bendecit, IOM MHD RO Brussels presented an overview of recent developments on migration and health in Europe and contributed to the other topics of discussion on refugee health and healthcare systems’ challenges in Germany and Europe faced by the current migratory pressure.