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WHO Actionplan for refugee and migrant health

Coppenhagen, Denmark 7-8 November 2016

The strategy and action plan for refugee and migrant health provides a common framework for collaborative action on refugee and migrant health across all WHO European Member States. It was adopted at the WHO European Regional Comittee in September 2016 and a report on progress in implementation will be made to the Regional Comittee in 2018.

WHO Regional Office for Europe has now the task to coordinate the implementation of SaAP. This will require the MIgration Team (the MIG team) to work closely with WHO Regional Office for Europe technical units and Member States. A phased approach is suggested, ivolving:

  • Development of cadre of core consultants able to support the implementation od SaAP over a medium long term
  • Preparation fo wider roster of consultants able to take this work forward with individual countries or groups of countries.
  • Consultation with WHO Regional Office technical units
  • Development of an across-office action plan for AsAp implementation
  • EXC discussion on priorities and next steps

Ohio-Pécs Scientific Collaboration in the Fields of Global Health and Medicine

We hereby confirm that the College of Health Sciences of the Ohio University (OU) and the University of Pécs Medical School (UPMS) intend to establish scientific collaborations in the fields of Global Health and Medicine with a high emphasis on Public Health Aspects related to Migration and Ethnical as well as Cultural Diversity.

The above mentioned signatories of this document envision a unique opportunity for deepening the US-Hungary exchanges through types of expertise that enjoy a high social impact not only at the levels of Central Europe and EU but also internationally especially in collaboration with Africa and Central Asia.    

The ongoing establishment of the WHO Collaboration Center on this field in the UPMS will be a promising area for expansions for both parties. UPMS’s expertise in the field of Migration Health may add value to OU’s ongoing programs in Global Health

This collaboration includes but is not limited to the design and development of joint research and education, exchange of best practices, scholars and students, facilitating innovation in the above mentioned fields.

Colleagues on the two sides have already discussed commencement of a joint teaching area under OU’s “Comparative Global Health Systems” as well as OU’s “Global Health Case Competition” as early as 2017.

The signature of this Expression of Interest endeavors to provide support and an initial direction for the departments directly involved in the main subjects highlighted within this document on behalf of both parties .

 

The Medical School of the University of Pécs and the Migration Research Institute research the largest challenge Europe will face in the future

The Medical School of the University of Pécs (UPMS) and the Migration Research Institute (MRI), that has been established by the Századvég Foundation and the Mathias Corvinus Collegium, has signed a cooperation agreement on the 9th of September 2016. The two institutes will partake in joint research projects and launch educational programs to better understand the challenges and risks caused by the migrant crisis in the framework of the cooperation agreement.

Migration is the largest challenge Hungary and Europe will face in the long run, understanding and coping with its consequences is of great significance for the whole continent. High quality research and teaching practice is crucial to reach this and the cooperation agreement between UPMS and MRI may serve this purpose. The dean of UPMS, Professor Attila Miseta has outlined that the medical faculty has a decade long history in the field of migration health research and education. The University of Pécs has led the international higher educational consortium that has developed an educational program - a program that is demanded throughout the whole of Europe - for professionals in migration health that will be launched jointly with the Austrian Danube University Krems in the near future. The migration health research team of the faculty is a significant partner of the World Health Organization concerning the research of health problems and public health challenges related to migration. The researchers in Pécs play a key role in a very important field as migration health is a focal point of the meeting organized by the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization that will start on 13 September 2016 with the motto “There is no public health without refugee and migrant health”.

Dr Balazs Orban, the head director of the MRI, highlighted during the meeting that their main goal is to examine all aspects of migration starting from the viewpoint of law, security policy through sociology to health on a high level and to form public speech based on the results. The joint work is very important and fulfills a shortcoming according to Balazs Orban as the public is the less informed about the health aspects of migration. Dr Istvan Szilard, the leader of the Migration Health Chair of UPMS, added that the complex acquaintance with the processes of migration is vital for public health employees as migration health is such a multidisciplinary field where beside the factual health knowledge social and cultural competences are crucial as well.

Dr Balazs Orban and Dr Istvan Szilard has pinpointed several fields of cooperation for the future. One of the joint plans is to write a comprehensive study about the health aspects of migration in a common language with the collaboration of researchers from the two institutes and beside that to harmonize their educational programs.

66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Copenhagen, Denmark, 12–15 September 2016

Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, partner organizations and civil society will take part in the 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 12–15 September 2016.

Prof. Dr. István Szilárd, coordinator of the migration health programs of the University will attend the event in the capacity of invited expert.

One of the main topic will be the „Strategy and action plan for refugee and migrant health in the WHO European Region”

M.Sc. in Migrant Health

Nowadays, when already more than 600 000 irregular migrants have entered the European Union (EU) this year, Migration & Health has been made a priority topicduring the program ofthe Portuguese Presidency, concluding the conference on “Health and migration in the European Union – Better health for all in an inclusive society” (2007). This conference was followedby numerous high level statements. Hereby we mention only the

  • Resolution of the World Health Assembly (2008) entitled “Health of migrants”, calling for the creation of Migrant Sensitive Health Systems in order to fill in gaps in the health service delivery and train the health workforce on migrant health issues, and
  • Council of Europe’s Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on mobility, migration and access to health care (2011 November) highlighting among others that:

“having regard to the organization, general principles and financial capacities of the social security system of the member state concerned, provide migrants with adequate entitlements to use health services and ensure that these entitlements are known and respected.”

No question about that health sector is in a key position for the smooth and successful integration of the migrants, and the rapidly increasing need for specially trained professionals capable of coping with this complex, multidisciplinary task – where health, human rights and intercultural aspects are equally represented – is more and more recognised, at present there is a significant shortage in formal higher education programmes, aiming to build the human resource capacity that is motivated and properly empowered with knowledge and skills to address this rapidly growing need.

 

Migrant Health: Addressing New Challenges in Europe (MSc)

 Persons working in health professions are confronted in their daily work with the health specific, human rights and intercultural dimensions and challenges accompanying a development towards a pluralist society, a consequence of inter-European and inter-continental migration.

 The curriculum will provide motivation and orientation, knowledge and skills to postgraduate students, health, public health and social care professionals who (aim to) assist, treat, care and refer migrating persons and/ or design, plan and implement health and social care programs for migrating populations and their integration and/ or for those who aim to participate in migrants’ health related researches.

 The objective of this course is the transfer of competences needed to act in this challenging framework. This includes solid knowledge about migration and its links to health, as well as the relevance for sectors like economy, labor market and health systems.

 This course is offered by Danube University Krems in cooperation with the University of Pécs. The curriculum was developed in a joint program by the University of Pécs, Danube University Krems, the Medical University Graz, the Medical University Greifswald, University Kosice and University of East Anglia, financed by the ERASMUS program of the European Union.

 

The curriculum is built around six core competences:

 clinical and public health assessment;

  • epidemiology and research methodology;
  • environmental medicine and occupational health;
  • economic / health economic impact of migration;
  • organization and systems management;
  • social and behavioural aspects of migration including multicultural, multireligious aspects and their health/ mental health impact.

 

The academic year will be fourteen months in length, consisting of three fourteen week semesters and six weeks devoted to the completion of a practicum and pursuit of an individually designed project. The candidate will receive the Master of Science in Migrant Health upon successful completion of the core programme and submission of a written thesis related to practicum. The program will match the EU standard criteria and will provide 120 credit (according to the European Credit Transfer System /ECTS) in addition to the candidates minimum required BA level diploma.

All documents will be made in language of the country and in English as well.

 

Who are advised to apply?

 academic personnel, researchers, practitioners and students

  • health and social care professionals, nurses, social workers and care givers interested in migrant healthcare/ integration of migrants
  • representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policy and decision makers.

Admission requirements:

 An Austrian or equivalent foreign academic degree in humanities, economics, health- or social sciences or a similar field and

  • The invitation by the course management to carry out the admission procedure (i.e. interview), and the  clarification by the course management to ensure that the subject-specific requirements for admission to the desired studies are met.

For further information see also http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/studium/zulassung/

 

Healthy Ageing of Roma Communities: Endowers – Realities – Perspectives

Expert-level European Symposium

Pécs, Hungary, 27–29 October 2014

Scope and purpose

Most Roma people face gross inequities in health and health care across Europe. Evidence shows poorer health and higher rates of illness and mortality among Roma than in majority populations. Poverty, segregation and communication barriers have been documented as the main factors preventing Roma from equitable access to health care and enforcement of their right to health. This situation is observed at both individual and community levels.

The University of Pécs Medical School in partnership with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and in coordination with the WHO Country Office, Hungary will organize and host a European expert-level symposium, entitled Healthy Ageing in Roma Communities: Endowers – Realities – Perspectives.

Objective

The main objective of the event is to provide a scientific forum for the exchange of experience in promoting the health of Roma populations at community level, in accordance with:

  • the new European policy framework for health and well-being (Health 2020) in general and one of its main strategic objectives concerning the reduction of health inequalities in particular; and 
  • the new strategic goal of the European Commission concerning healthy ageing.

Furthermore, it is expected that the discussions and conclusions of the expert meeting will contribute to the development of policy tools for the Age-friendly environments in Europe (AFEE) joint project of the Regional Office and the European Commission.

Topics

The main topics of the symposium are:

  • an overview of the Regional Office work on the health of Roma in the European Region;
  • an overview of the Strategy and action plan for healthy ageing in Europe, 2012–2020 and its relevance for formulating policies to improve the situation of ageing Roma communities in Europe; 
  • health components of the European Union framework for national Roma integration strategies and best practices;
  • disease prevention and vaccination among Roma communities;
  • community-based health promotion and continuing health care activities among Roma;
  • culturally sensitive health care for ethnic minorities;
  • health and the Decade of Roma Inclusion; and
  • the tasks and challenges of the higher education system in Europe in supporting the implementation of healthy ageing initiatives targeting the Roma population.

Proposed programme

The symposium will start on Monday, 27 October 2014 at 15:00 and conclude on Wednesday, 29 October at 17:00.

The programme will consist of the opening plenary, speeches from keynote speakers, in parallel working groups addressing the above topics, a report to the closing plenary and the formulation/acceptance of a meeting statement.

During the symposium, a half-day field visit to the Ormánság Health Centre is planned to take place. The centre is located in south-western Hungary, which has several Roma settlements. Meetings with representatives of local Roma communities will also be organized.

Participants

Participants in the symposium include subject matter experts from the Regional Office, experts from the WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health at the University of Alicante (Spain) and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Vulnerability and Health at the University of Debrecen (Hungary), and researchers from the Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research (NAKMI) (Norway) and Bucks New University (United Kingdom). Participants will also include scientists, academics, representatives of civil/Roma rights organizations, and members of the Roma Health Network.

The event is sponsored by the Hungarian State Secretariat for Social Inclusion.

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MSc in Migrant Health: Addressing New Challenges in Europe – CHANCE

An ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Program (2010)

A Brief Introduction


The number of migrants in the enlarged European Union is increasing rapidly and in the EU 25 is estimated as high as 50 million. Addressing migrant health goes beyond issues of differing morbidity profiles and vaccination status linked to country of origin or potential for spreading diseases. Assistance tailored to migrants' needs is an essential prerequisite of their smooth and successful integration. Its success has clear economic impact and benefits, and increases the public health safety of the host countries. Although this rapidly increasing need for specially trained professionals capable coping with this complex, multidisciplinary task - where health, human rights and intercultural aspects are equally represented - is more and more recognised, at present there is significant shortage of formal higher education programs in Europe aiming to build the human resource capacity that will address this new challenge.

The consortium's main objective is to develop and implement a Master-level curriculum in Migration Health. The academic content is built around six competencies: epidemiology and research methodology, environmental medicine and occupational health, economic / health economic impact of migration, organization and systems management, clinical and public health assessment, and social and behavioural aspects of migration including multicultural, multireligious aspects and their health/ mental health impact. The academic year will be fourteen months in length, consisting of three fourteen week semesters and six weeks devoted to the completion of a practicum and pursuit of an individually designed project. The program will match the EU standard criteria and will provide 120 credit (according to the European Credit Transfer System /ECTS) in addition to the candidates minimum required BA level diploma.
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Invitation to the closing conference of the Health Management project

Prof. István Szilárd MD., PhD. giving a keynote speech in Panaji, India

Prof. István Szilárd MD., PhD. will be a keynote speaker on the 18th International Congress of Rural Health and Medicine which has the main theme of "Challenges of Rural Medicine in a Global Village" between 10-12 December 2012. He will introduce the CHANCE project on the conference, and promote the closing conference titled Tackling Health Inequalities in Europe Through Human Capacity Building which will be held in Pécs next September.

CHANCE Conference Website and 2nd Newsletter Coming in January

We have started the development of the CHANCE website where more information on the closing conference titled Tackling Health Inequalities in Europe Through Human Capacity Building will be posted. Going online in January, the website will contain a registration and abstract sending form, accommodation tips and information of Pécs as well. The 2nd newsletter of the project will also be published in January.

1st Conference on Tackling Inequalities Through Human Resource Building