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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.

Call for CV - Summative Analytical Report

13 October 2016 - The International Organization for Migration - Regional Office in Brussels is looking to contract a consultant to develop a summative analytical report within the Equi-Health Action Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma, and other vulnerable groups. The summative analytical report will be based on the six Situational Assessment Reports produced to present the results of the assessment of migrant, occupational, and public health which took place in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain. 

You will find the technical details in the Terms of Reference here.

If you are interested, please send your CV by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: 27 October 2016 (midnight)

IOM MHD RO Brussels and the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) Association organized 4 round table meetings on Health mediation in Bulgaria between April-June 2016

30 September 2016 - The Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office Brussels and the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) Association jointly organized within the framework of the Equi-Health project, four round table meetings on Health mediation in Bulgaria between April-June 2016.

The roundtables aimed at disseminating the activities and results of the Roma Health action, part of the Equi-Health project, including the report on the Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy 2012-2020, as well as to present the work of the health mediators and discuss the results of a pilot project on health mediation in hospitals, implemented by the NNHM. The meetings took place in Velingrad (12 April 2016), Pleven (17 May 2016), Ruse (18 May 2016), and Biala (29 June 2016).

Read more: round table meetings on Health mediation in Bulgaria

IOM MHD RO Brussels participated to the EC/ DG SANTE-EU MS Health Security Committee’s Information meeting on migrant health action at EU level held on 28 September 2016 in Luxembourg

29 September 2016 - Hosted by the European Commission, the meeting had the objective to map the activities of the European Commission in the field of migrants and refugees’ health and to discuss the competences and activities of the Health Security Committee on migrant health.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the European Commission DG SANTE, HOME and ECHO, ECDC as well as delegates of MoH from EU Member States, WHO and UNHCR. The meeting also provided the ground to present the experience of Member States in addressing the health needs of migrants and refugees in their respective territories.

IOM MHD RO Brussels was invited to present on the health challenges and needs of migrants and refugees with the findings and the experience with the two IOM/EC Direct grant agreements Equi-Health and Re-Health, the latter with the development of the E-Personal Health Record (E-PHR) and its platform as well as recent updates on project implementation activities in Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia.

The EU Health Security Committee, set up in 2001 at the request of EU Health Ministers and represented by Member States health authorities, which mandate was strengthened with the adoption of the EU cross border Directive, is an advisory group on health security at EU level with the purpose of reinforcing coordination and sharing of best practices and information on national activities and responses on public health emergencies and cross border threats.