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IOM MHD (RO Brussels and Rome) held a National Roma Health Workshop with the Ministry of Health Italy for the launch of the National Roma Health Action Plan in Italy

10 February 2016 - IOM Rome organized with the Ministry of Health Italy, and within the framework of the Equi Health project a National Roma Health Workshop “Health Action Plan for and with the Roma communities” on the 8 February 2016 at the Ministry of Health in Rome, Italy. IOM MHD RO Brussels presented the developments related to the Roma Health sub-action, including the Roma Health reports and results, aiming at supporting national authorities in monitoring, sharing and strengthening national approaches to Roma Health.

The Health Action Plan was developed within the National Roma Integration Strategy (NRIS) and with the acknowledged within contributions from IOM’s and taking into account the IOM/Equi-Health multi-stakeholder perspective report on the implementation of the NRIS and other national commitments in the field of health. IOM offers technical capacities to support the implementation and monitoring of the Health Action Plan, in order to guarantee sustainability of action in favor of Roma health populations and to create organizational competence within public health services. Equi-Health is listed in the good practices within the Health Action Plan.

Read more: National Roma Health Workshop - Rome

IOM MHD (RO Brussels and HAP Regional coordinator) met with the Hellenic Ministry of Health to discuss current migration health developments, and organized a stakeholder meeting on Training of Health Professionals and Law Enforcement Officers in Athens, ahead of the roll out training the week of 25th January

28 January 2016 - IOM MHD RO Brussels, joined by HAP Regional coordinator, organized meetings with the Hellenic Ministry of Health (Minister Mr. Xantos and Secretary General of Public Health Mr. Baskozos) to discuss on current and future collaborations on migration and health. IOM presented the recent health related activities and project developments within the two direct agreements with EC/DG SANTE, Equi-Health and the recently signed Re-HEALTH as well as on the EC/DG Home large relocation programme through which IOM will support the Government of Greece in relocating 66,400 asylum seekers, eligible for international protection, to 24 EU Member States over a period of two years. As part of the relocation project IOM will provide health assessments, including pre-departure health checks, “fitness for travel” and medical escort services for those migrants selected for relocation, in order to ensure that migrants travel in safety and dignity and public health and safety concerns are addressed.

Read more: roll out training the week of 25th January

IOM MHD RO Brussels delivered a statement on “mental health issues in the context of the current migration crisis” at the Joint Action Mental Health and Well-being final conference in Brussels

25 January 2016 - IOM MHD RO Brussels was invited upon referral by the EC to deliver a statement on IOM’s activities on Mental Health issues and raise awareness on the importance to consider migrants and mobile populations in mental health strategies at the Joint Action Mental Health and Well-being final conference held on the 21-22 January 2016 in Brussels.

MHD RO Brussels introduced to the participants a statement by Mr. Guglielmo SCHININA, Head of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support and further complemented by IOM MHD RO Brussels on IOM’s actions on mental health related issues in the context of current migration crisis. The statement also highlighted the importance of developing mental health policies and strategies in Europe promoting outreach to migrants and mobile populations as well as the current MH actions within the Equi-Health and Re-HEALTH projects.

Read more: Joint Action Mental Health and Well-being final conference

IOM MHD RO Brussels has signed EC DG SANTE awarded Direct Agreement of €1 million for the project ‘Re-HEALTH - Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges

13 January 2016 - The European Commission Directorate-General for Health & Food Safety (DG SANTE) has officially announced the signature of the IOM MHD RO Brussels second Direct Agreement for the project ‘Re-HEALTH - Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges’. The €1 million project of a total €5.6 million, granted through the Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) is part of the actions to support Member States under particular migratory pressure under the EU 3rd Health Programme.

Read more: IOM MHD RO Brussels has signed EC DG SANTE awarded Direct Agreement

JOINT ACTION HEALTH WORKFORCE Joint Action Health Workforce

CONFERENCE ON PLANNING & EDUCATING HEALTH WORKFORCE WITHOUT BORDERS

Date: 18thand 19thFebruary 2016

Venue: The International hotel, Golden Sands Resort, Varna, Bulgaria

The Joint Action of Health Workforce organizes a two day conference, co-financed by the EU Health Programme. The event will be held on February 18th and 19th in Varna, Bulgaria in partnership with IOM MHD RO Brussels to tackle the the challenges of health workforce across Europe and even beyond. The conference aims to foster active networking and interactive encounters of Joint Action partners, stakeholders, professional organizations, decision makers and experts in the field of health workforce.

Read more: JOINT ACTION HEALTH WORKFORCE