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IOM MHD speakers will contribute to three sessions at the 19th European Health Forum GASTEIN, taking place on the 28-30 September 2016 in Gastein, Austria.

EuropeanHealthForumGastein27 September 2016 - IOM MHD RO Brussels has been invited upon referral by the European Commission to participate at the 19th European Health Forum Gastein: Demographics and Diversity in Europe - New Solutions for Health, taking place on the 28-30 September 2016.

The 19th edition of the Forum aims at facilitating the establishment of a framework for advising and developing European health policy while recognizing the principle of subsidiarity. The event will also provide a unique platform to promote the results and recent developments of the 2014-2020 EC Public Health Programme actions.

Represented by Dr. Davide Mosca, IOM MHD HQ, will actively contribute to the panel discussion on Health and Migration, which will particularly cover what health issues humanitarian responders need to consider in the context of migration and the impact of migration on health systems. The session ‘Desperate migration and health – impacts and remedies’, organized by the International Peace Institute (IPI), will be focus on the link between migration and health and related challenges. The session will also count with contributions from the Columbia University Medical Centre, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Centre for the Study of Internationalism of the University of London.

Read more: 19th European Health Forum GASTEIN

IOM MHD RO Brussels has been nominated for the European Roma Spirit Award 2016

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16 September 2016 – The Regional Intervention on “Health Mediation and the Roma”, part of the IOM/EC/DG SANTE Equi-Health project, Roma Health action, has been nominated for the European Roma Spirit Award 2016.

The European Roma Spirit Award, initiated by the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for Roma Communities, serve as a platform for highlighting positive contributions focused on the social inclusion of the Roma people in Europe. Furthermore, it supports mutual learning and the multiplication of good practices by launching and fostering cooperation between public authorities, NGOs, private sector, and encourages active participation and cooperation at national and transnational level.

The nomination of the Regional Intervention on “Health Mediation and the Roma”, part of the Equi-Health projects, comes as acknowledgement of the activities implemented, thanks to the active support of project partners, and its contribution to improving the Roma minority situation and dignified Roma integration into a European society, particularly towards the set-up of an European network on Roma Health Mediation as well as for the outstanding cooperation with the action’s partners and the actors and organisations involved, including health mediators and representatives from academia, public authorities and NGOs.

IOM MHD RO Brussels took part at the Regional conference of the Patient Access Partnership (PACT), “Cooperation within the Region: A Way to Improve Access to Quality Healthcare in CEE” held on 12-13 September 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria

14 September 2016 – IOM MHD RO Brussels presented at the Regional Conference of the Patient Access Partnership (PACT), “Cooperation within the Region: A Way to Improve Access to Quality Healthcare in CEE” held on 12-13 September 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting gathered more than 150 national affiliates of PACT partners from several European countries, including umbrella patient organizations, associations of doctors, nurses and pharmacists, industry associations, and public health advocacy NGOs from the countries in the CEE region.

IOM MHD RO Brussels was invited upon referral by the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), RO MHD collaborates with on access to health care for irregular migrants, and member of the Steering Committee of PACT, to contribute as speaker at the session on “How to improve access though cooperation? Best-practice examples”.

MHD spoke of the Regional Intervention on “Health Mediation and the Roma”, part of the IOM/EC/DG SANTE Equi-Health project, Roma Health action with the presentation “Improving access to health services for Roma and other vulnerable groups: the development of EU Roma Health Mediation Network” answering the questions planned for the session: “Can multi-stakeholder platforms help to improve health systems performance?” and “What potential challenges may hinder these efforts?”.

Organized by the National Patients’ Organisation – Bulgaria in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of Bulgaria and the European Patients’ Forum (EPF), the two-day conference provided the opportunity to share best cooperation practices at National and Regional level as well as other relevant topics such as the prospects for optimal use of the EU structural funds to improve health systems performance.

IOM MHD RO Brussels will participate at the conference Intercultural Mediation in contemporary Europe: challenges and possibilities" to be held on 8-9 September 2016 in Athens, Greece

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08 September 2016 - IOM MHD RO Brussels will contribute to the session on Intercultural Mediation, Multicultural Europe and the Refugee Crisis at the TIME project conference Intercultural Mediation in contemporary Europe: challenges and possibilities to be held on 8-9 September 2016 in Athens.

Work and activities undertaken within the framework of both IOM/EC DGA’s Equi-Health and Re-Health, including MIPEX health policy related indicators, development of an European Network of Community Health Mediators and e-platform as part of the Regional Intervention on “Health Mediation and the Roma” as well as respective training for service providers and for health mediators will be presented.

The event, organized by the Hellenic Open University, is the final conference of the Train Intercultural Mediators for a Multicultural Europe (TIME) project, funded under the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. It aims at promoting exploitation of the results of the project, identifying and discussing challenges, exploring possibilities, exchanging knowledge on practices and interventions and presenting successful Intercultural Mediation (IM) policies. Among the topics of discussion, the conference will focus on IM during refugee crisis, professional profile and common curricula as catalysts for effective IM services and technologies in IM.

The meeting is addressed to researches and IM professionals, including social workers, members of migrant communities, training centres, NGOs and public administration.

The CHAROM takes into consideration IOM’s suggestion to establish a thematic group on Roma health mediators

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31 August 2016 - The Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CHAROM), Council of Europe, took note of the IOM suggestion to establish a thematic group on Roma health mediators in the recently published Thematic Report of the group of experts on Roma Health mediators.

Following the proposal of the Italian CHAROM member to set up a thematic group on Roma and health issues during the 7th CHAROM meeting in May 2014 in Strasbourg, the thematic group on Roma health mediators (RHM) was set up following a proposal made by the Bulgarian CHAROM member to host a thematic visit in Bulgaria and the action undertaken by the Council of Europe together with the European Commission under their joint ROMED programme.

The initiative to introduce a thematic group on Roma health issues acknowledges IOM MHD RO Brussels’s role and recent developments undertaken under the Equi-Health project in adding health to the agenda of Roma issues in Europe.