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IOM MHD RO Brussels presented the EQUI HEALTH project and plans for further work at the Royal Society of Medicine, UK

2 December 2015 - IOM UK jointly with the IOM MHD RO Brussels and the Royal Society of Medicine, UK organized a Workshop “Addressing complex migration flows in the Mediterranean: spotlight on Syria” in London on the 25th of November 2015. IOM MHD introduced the audiences (health professionals, Ministry of Health experts, and representatives of NGOs facilitating migrants’ access to health services) to the recent developments related to the migratory influx in the Mediterranean region, the level of health provision to migrants in the transit centers established on the Western Balkans Migration Route and the health conditions of the migrants. The latest developments of the EQUI HEALTH project have been also presented during the workshop.

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IOM MHD RO Brussels participated at Expert Group meeting on Social Determinants and Health Inequalities organized by DG Santé

30 November 2015 - IOM MHD RO Brussels has been invited by the EC DG for Health & Food Safety (Santé) to attend the Expert Group Meeting on Social Determinants and Health Inequalities on 17-18 November 2015 in Luxembourg. IOM MHD RO took this opportunity to present on the implementation of the three sub-actions of the EQUI HEALTH project (Migrant Health at the Southern EU Borders, Roma Health and Migrant Health. A special focus has been put on the recent addition of a Health Strand to the Migrant Integration Policy Index (within the EQUI HEALTH project framework) and the development of a thematic study on cost of exclusion/ non-provision of health care to irregular migrants in the EU.

IOM MHD RO Brussels presented EQUI HEALTH at ESCAIDE pre-event

30 November 2015 - At the invitation of EC DG for Health and Food Safety (Santé) IOM MHD RO Brussels submitted an abstract of the EQUI HEALTH project and presented developments related to the implementation of this action at a satellite workshop (pre-event) to the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) conference in Stockholm on the 11-12 November 2015. The workshop focused on “Bridging epidemiology to public health security policy” and it offered to EU experts, project partners and other conference participants the opportunity to exchange information on their work in the field of preparedness and response, and demonstrate how the second EU Health Programme (2008 – 2013) actions outputs have been taken up at national/regional level. One of the important conclusions of the workshop was that improved programming and project implementation using the collective expertise from across Europe can be used to contribute to preventing the impact of infectious diseases outbreaks in Europe. The satellite workshop has been supported by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) of the EC and developed in collaboration with DG Santé , and the EU MS experts' networks on Health Security.

EC DG SANTE launched a Personal Health Record

19 November 2015 - The European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis presented the "Personal Health Record" in Greece where he met with the Greek authorities and NGOs in Athens and visited a refugees reception centre on the island of Lesvos on the 19th of November 2015.The document prepared by the EC DG SANTE in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration will be introduced at the hotspots to help health propessionals to evaluate migrants' medical needs and to reconstruct their medical history. The Personal Health Record is accompanied ny a Handbook to be used by health professionals.

CHAFEA organizes "Bridging epidemology to public health security policy" workshop

The Health Unit of the Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) of the EC is organising pre-event workshop "Bridging epidemiology to public health security policy" on 10 November 2015 at the Courtyard Stockholm hotel, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Health Programme workshop will be a pre-event to the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE), which will be held on 11-12 November 2015, Stockholm, Sweden. The pre-event is organised in collaboration with the ESCAIDE conference scientific committee from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

If you are interested to participate, please register by written to CHAFEA-EXT-MEETINGS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The workshop will be webstreamed on the 10 November 2015 from 09:30-17:30, at the Chafea website page http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/news/news416.html