southern eu goals

The Southern EU Borders component targets governmental and public sector actors (including law enforcement officials, non-health staff and health professionals) through multisectoral dialogues and training exercises to improve the access and appropriateness of health care services, health promotion and prevention measures to meet the needs of regular and irregular migrants and other vulnerable ethnic minority groups at the Southern Borders of the EU. This component provides continuity from previous actions undertaken in the same area - specifically the  “Increasing Public Health Safety Alongside the New Eastern European Border Line” project. The project raised the issues of health and border management, public health, occupational health and migrant health in detention at the Eastern Schengen border. 
The public health assessment tools and templates as well as the guidelines for health and public health services in border regions developed in Eastern European countries were refined and used to frame the desk review, assessment of the situation and capacity building activities in the South.

Activities in the region were implemented with the active involvement of law enforcement and border authorities, social service providers, and health professionals working at detention facilities and border checkpoints. Ultimately, the final beneficiaries of the project are migrants apprehended at the border or in detention and, through improved healthcare provision to this group in EU countries of transit and destination, European societies will benefit from the promotion of public health and security of all.

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