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Launch of the Summary Report on the MIPEX Health Strand and Country Reports

MIPEX summary reportThe Summary Report on the MIPEX Health Strand and Country Reports has been produced within the Equi-Health project, Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma, and other vulnerable groups, by the Migration Health Division of the International Organization of Migration in collaboration with COST Action IS1103, Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity (ADAPT), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). Under the general coordination of Prof. David Ingleby (University of Amsterdam), more than 100 experts from 40 countries contributed to this project.

This Summary Report presents the results from the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) Health strand, designed to supplement the existing seven strands of MIPEX. This instrument measures the equitability of a country’s policies relating to the health of migrants.

The Health strand is based on the Recommendations on Mobility, migration and access to health care adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011, which resulted from a consultation process involving researchers, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and a wide range of specialists in health care for migrants.

This document has been published in the IOM Migration Research Series and can be downloaded from

Migration and Health Training for Health Professionals held on 3-4 November 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany

Upon request by the Heidelberg University Hospital, IOM MHD RO Brussels in collaboration with IOM MHD HQ and IOM Mental Health and Psychosocial Response carried out a Training for health professionals working with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on the 3-4 November 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany.

In cooperation with the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, the Institute of Public Health at Heidelberg University Hospital and the support of the Ministry of Science, Education and Research Baden-Württemberg, IOM MHD delivered a 2-day training course based on the IOM Equi-Health project training materials, previously developed within the project as a set of interactive educational materials on migration and border management including information on migration, health and cultural competence for health professionals and law enforcement officers. The training materials have been previously used in Equi-Health implemented activities, including regional peer reviews, trainings of trainers (ToT), and roll out sessions on migration and health to enhance the capacity of the law enforcement authorities and medical personnel in the Southern EU Member States to deliver better quality medical services for migrants.

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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.

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