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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.

IOM Slovenia holds Introductory Training Course on Cultural Mediation in Ljubljana

04 August 2016 - Between 25 and 29 July 2016, IOM Slovenia held a training course on cultural mediation in Ljubljana with a focus on assistance provided in healthcare settings. The training was held with the support of the Migrant and Refugee Fund of the Council of Europe Development Bank.

The training had the objective to endorse professionals with migrant background residing in Slovenia with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for a successful intercultural mediation. The sessions allowed participants to explore the role and importance of a cultural mediator in facilitating the communication and understanding between diverse individuals and communities in Slovenia.

Additionally, participants also had the opportunity to learn and discuss further considerations concerning cultural mediation such as cultural competences and communication skills as well as specific issues related to migrants’ health, including chronic diseases, self-care, basic first aid and community health education.

Read more: IOM Slovenia holds Introductory Training Course on Cultural Mediation in Ljubljana

PICUM Expert Roundtable: Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services as Part of the Right to Health Care

gallery picum 423x182 221 June 2016 – In the context of migrants’ access to health care, including sexual and reproductive health services in EU member states, PICUM organized together with Doctors of the World (MdM), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the European Network and the Center for Reproductive Rights, a Roundtable discussion on 27 April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

The PICUM Expert Roundtable aimed at discussing with key partners the urgent challenges and barriers undocumented migrants are facing to access health care services in EU member states and the strategies to address these obstacles, in particular sexual and reproductive health care rights.

The roundtable debate followed the release of PICUM’s report “The Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Undocumented Migrants: Narrowing the Gap Between Their Rights and The Reality in the EU”. The report analyses the existing gap between the restrictive national laws and policies limiting undocumented migrants’ access to services and the obligations and commitments of governments to provide them, as well as recommendations for policymakers and service providers.

The blog “PICUM Expert Roundtable” where more detailed information is provided is available here.