IOM news w

News

National Stakeholder Consultation on Migration Health Policy held in Berlin

29 November 2016 - IOM MHD RO Brussels in collaboration with the IOM Germany, organized within the framework of the Equi-Health project a National Stakeholder Consultation on Migration Health Policy on 28 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Hosted by the European Commission Representation in Germany, the consultation aimed at presenting the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), and particularly for discussion, the draft MIPEX Health strand country report for Germany, developed by the MHD RO Brussels in collaboration with COST Action IS1103, Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity (ADAPT), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG).

Attended by representatives from Hessen Ministry for Social and Integration, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ministry for Science, Work and Health, the German Hospital Federation, the Senate Administration for Health and Social and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV – Spitzenverband), the meeting also provided the ground to discuss further contributions and comments from participants, moderated by a panel of additional German experts besides the contributors to the MIPEX Health strand country report for Germany.

Read more: National Stakeholder Consultation on Migration Health Policy held in Berlin

The Human Cost of Living in Limbo: Health issues of being an irregular migrant – 17th November 2016 Oslo, Norway

24 November 2016 - As part of the IOM Norway mission’s aim to increase information and awareness on migration issues among individuals and organisations involved in working with migrants, particularly regarding migrants’ health, the seminar “the Human Cost of Living in Limbo” was organized on the 17th Nobember 2016 in Oslo. For this purpose, IOM Norway collaborated with the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet) and the Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research (NAKMI) to co-host this seminar, aiming at further collaboration in the future.

The seminar had the overall objective to introduce and provide an in-depth presentation on the human cost of living as an irregular migrant in Norway to a variety of participants, including NGOs working in the field humanitarian action, asylum seekers and health, public authorities and health care providers as well as volunteer groups involved with various migrants issues. The meeting also aimed at enhancing participants’ awareness on core principles related to return migration (Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration - AVVR programme) and services IOM provides under this programme.

Read more: The Human Cost of Living in Limbo: Health issues of being an irregular migrant

IOM MHD RO Brussels participates at two pre-conference workshops to the 9th European Public Health Conference in Vienna

EPHCVienna

14 November 2016 - Prior to the 9th edition of the European Public Health Conference organized on 10-12 November 2016 in Vienna, IOM MHD RO Brussels participated and contributed to the pre-conference events “Enhancing evidence-informed decision-making to support resilient and sustainable health systems in Europe” and “Migrant health - Economics, Human rights, and Quality of Care”.

Organized by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) at the Austria Center Vienna, the pre-event “Enhancing evidence-informed decision-making to support resilient and sustainable health systems in Europe” aimed at identifying the ways to promote a common framework of evidence-informed health policies and interventions in European public health systems.

Read more: IOM MHD RO Brussels participates at two pre-conference workshops to the 9th European Public Health...

Launch of the Summary Report on the MIPEX Health Strand and Country Reports

MIPEX summary reportThe Summary Report on the MIPEX Health Strand and Country Reports has been produced within the Equi-Health project, Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma, and other vulnerable groups, by the Migration Health Division of the International Organization of Migration in collaboration with COST Action IS1103, Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity (ADAPT), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). Under the general coordination of Prof. David Ingleby (University of Amsterdam), more than 100 experts from 40 countries contributed to this project.

This Summary Report presents the results from the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) Health strand, designed to supplement the existing seven strands of MIPEX. This instrument measures the equitability of a country’s policies relating to the health of migrants.

The Health strand is based on the Recommendations on Mobility, migration and access to health care adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011, which resulted from a consultation process involving researchers, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and a wide range of specialists in health care for migrants.

This document has been published in the IOM Migration Research Series and can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/2g0GlRd

Migration and Health Training for Health Professionals held on 3-4 November 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany

Upon request by the Heidelberg University Hospital, IOM MHD RO Brussels in collaboration with IOM MHD HQ and IOM Mental Health and Psychosocial Response carried out a Training for health professionals working with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on the 3-4 November 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany.

In cooperation with the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, the Institute of Public Health at Heidelberg University Hospital and the support of the Ministry of Science, Education and Research Baden-Württemberg, IOM MHD delivered a 2-day training course based on the IOM Equi-Health project training materials, previously developed within the project as a set of interactive educational materials on migration and border management including information on migration, health and cultural competence for health professionals and law enforcement officers. The training materials have been previously used in Equi-Health implemented activities, including regional peer reviews, trainings of trainers (ToT), and roll out sessions on migration and health to enhance the capacity of the law enforcement authorities and medical personnel in the Southern EU Member States to deliver better quality medical services for migrants.

Read more: Migration and Health Training for Health Professionals held on 3-4 November 2016 in Heidelberg,...