UP MS Migrant Health Programs

The Migration Health Team of the University of Pécs organizes a roundtable titled Immunization round-table for strengthening policies, emphasizing achievements.
and discussing current and future challenges on the 24th of April. The program is connected to the WHO – world immunization week 24 – 30 April - which aims to highlight the collective action needed to
ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year's theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”;

The program will be bilingual, we will interpret the presentations held in Hungarian for our guests who speak English.

Please, find the official program enclosed and register through the specified email address until 21 April 2018.


The Operational Medicine Department has been collecting shoebox presents for the children of a small roma community in Gilvanfa for the past years. This year, we are awaiting donations until the 14th of December. In case you decide to offer something (toys, candies, cosmetics) please bring your shoebox with the age and gender of the child you wish to surprise. There is also a donations box, if you wish to send them money instead. Thank you!

The department of Operational Medicine of the University of Pécs, Hungary has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for training and research on migration and health. To mark the occasion, a ceremony was held during which Dr Piroska Östlin, Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being at WHO/Europe, presented the designation letter from the WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsana Jakab to Prof. Dr. Tit István Szilárd, co-chair of the Collaborating Centre.

The ceremony took place during a 3-day conference held at the university to celebrate its 650th anniversary. The scientific event was jointly organized by the University of Pecs and the Pecs branch of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. It aimed to address issues related to well-being from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Distinguished academics and government experts from Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom joined Hungarian experts from various universities and disciplines to discuss issues ranging from evolutionary molecular medicine, transdisciplinary international research and climate change to sustainable agriculture, health financing and equitable health and well-being for all.

At this occasion, Dr Östlin gave a presentation on the European context for public health – working for better and more equitable health and well-being for all.

The Collaborating Centre will serve as a technical and scientific resource for the Public Health and Migration Programme (EUPHAME) of WHO/Europe, led by Dr Santino Severoni. The team of the Centre has been involved with EUPHAME for many years. In particular, it contributed to the development of the “Toolkit for assessing health system capacity to manage large influxes of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants”. Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Szilárd, the Centre’s team has been hosting and operating the editorial board of the “WHO: Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME)” newsletter. As an outcome of this long-term dedication to migration health in Europe, the University of Pécs will be proposing from early 2018 a new postgraduate training course focusing on migrant health.

It is not the first time that Pécs has taken centre stage in public health. Earlier this year, Pécs hosted the Annual Healthy Cities Business Meeting and Conference, which saw mayors and political leaders in the Region reaffirm their commitment to the values and principles of the Healthy Cities movement by ratifying the 2017 Healthy Cities Pécs Declaration.

Source: WHO Europe

Professor István Szilárd has been awarded the European Citizen Prize. Since 2008 the Parliament awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU. The prize, which has symbolic value, is also intended to acknowledge the work of those who through their day-to-day activities promote European values. Every Parliament member has the right to nominate one person or organisation for the prize and national juries made up of MEPs rank nominees from their country in order of preference. The final decision on laureates is taken by a central jury headed by Vice-President Guillaume.

Professor Szilard has formally received the prize on the Schoolyear Opening Ceremony of the Medical School of the Univeristy of Pécs, and has been invited to joint Award Ceremony in Brussels in October. 

Let us share a link reporting the official ceremony:



The FEAMHP "The First European American Migration Health Platform" renamed as TEAMHP as of Dec 02,2017 was founded in the city of Pécs Hungary on the 20th of October 2017 .

FEAMHP , which is a multi-sectoral, multi-professional and inter- disciplinary knowledge based collaboration platform is an outcome of the US Embassy's IVLP program led by HE Cultural Attache Mr.Chris Machin. 

FEAMHP's preliminary mission statement has been brought here-in-below:

The importance of arriving at a joint European - American Declaration regarding the policy plans, procedures and actions which should promote the foundation of a Migration Health Strategy and Implementation Platform is a pressing need as it has been outlined during previous discussions. The platform will focus on the following four aspects:

A) Migration Health and Integrated Innovation Programs: with a separate focus on solutions in the field of prevention and mass vaccination. The importance of data sharing, joint resource sharing and ideation across key sectors;

B) Trafficking in Human Beings, its health implications and prevention: with a separate focus on best practices in building Multi-stakeholder, Multi-sectoral and Inter-professional Collaboration for data sharing, designing and implementing prevention and rehabilitation programs;

C) Mental health aspects of migration: Screening and Managing: with a separate focus on the Vulnerable Groups especially women. The role of NGOs, Cities and Diaspora.

D) Accredited and Certified Migration Health and Integration Human Resource Capacity Building Programs: specifically designed to address empowerment, research and educational needs in this field. Structural and managerial aspects of the ‘Migrant Sensitive Health Care System’. Advances in Participatory and Community Based Action Research methods for training inter-professional stakeholders involved in the field of migration and its health outcomes.


Conference programme included site visit related to the conference theme. (Building Healthy Cities: Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable). These program will give an introduction to local knowledge of health and wellbeing promotion.

University of Pécs and WHO European Office has a long-lasting, living cooperation and the Chair of Migration Health of the University of Pécs Medical School is under designation for WHO Collaborating Center on Migration Health Training and Research.

The University is hosting students from more than fifty countries and they are contributing to the colourful cultural life of the city. Within the frame of the undergraduate and postgraduate medical training the regular and optional programs provide knowledge and skills for the students on cultural competence, humanitarian assistance and how to provide health assistance, launch health promotion programs in a diverse community. These programs serve from the human resource capacity development point of view the implementation of WHO newly adopted ‘Migration Health Strategy and Action Plan’.

Participants visited the campus of the Medical School, experiencing the living, colourful life of the students and received a short overview of the training and research programs of the Chair of Migration Health.

Our Institut collaborating with the WHO Regional Office for Europe held a roundtable on the 1st of March regarding to the Healthy Cities Conference. The theme was "Migration and Health" and presented by Professor István Szilárd and the colleagues of our Institute as well.

This century will see a majority of the world’s population living in urban centres, and this increasing urbanization means that cities play a critical role in the improvement of the health and well-being of people, and are a crucial setting from which to sustainably improve the societies of future generations. In order to respond to challenges as they arise, we need cities which are inclusive, sustainable, and resilient. This is what the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network members are striving towards.

The conference will engage with, and respond to the pertinent issues of sustainable development, and this event is being held in Pécs, Hungary, which was one of the first cities to join the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Framed by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and recent discussions at the HABITAT III United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and the 9th WHO Global Conference on Health Promotion, it will be the final Annual Business Meeting and Conference to be held during Phase VI of Network.


On 09.02.2017 the Senate of UP has voted solidy to support our postgraduate course on the field of migrant health specialization. We are very glad we achived the support of our Senate and now we can continue to prepare all the necessary and following steps to begin our new course. The course will begin in the spring semester in 2018. For further information please contact our Institute or follow our news.

Today we received a thank-you letter from the people of Gilvánfa. Before Christmas our Institute collected and gathered presents for the the children in the village. Fortuntely we could send them a lot of shoe boxex filled with sweats, toys and clothes. Now they wrote us back and sad thank you for our help. It is very good to know and feel that our presents went to the best place. We hope we can continue this project this year as well.

Gilvánfa is a small village situated in south-western part of Hungary near to the Croatian border in the Ormánság region. The village has one of the biggest segregated Roma population in Baranya county (about 400 people). Almost all the inhabitants are Roma living among very poor social conditions. Religious charity organization and civil NGO jointly are running humanitarian programs aiming to bridge the gap, focusing mostly on the school children and housing conditions, but for the entire verticum – including elderly people - of the population as well.

Our colleague, Nikolett Novák-Arnold has visited Buckinghamshire New University with an Erasmus Plus staff exchange grant to learn the administrative procedures of the British Institute. Buckinghamshire New University is a well-developed and constantly innovating university with approximately 8000 students. Our Chair of Migration Health aims to enhance future collaboration in the field of ethnic minority research with Professor Margaret Greenfields, a fellow researcher at Buckinghamshire New Univeristy. Beside, the professional program our colleage had also had the opportunity to visit cultural events and museums in London as part of a social day.

The 2016 December issue of WHO Public Health Panorama provides a comprehensive picture of health aspects of migration. University of Pécs endowers on related training programs is also part of this overview. The title of the article: Developing training in migration health: University of Pécs Medical School.


„The rapidly growing influx of migrants and refugees has led WHO to call repeatedly for the development and/or strengthening of a migrant - sensitive health - care system in Member States.Until recently, the higher education system in Europe had not responded to this need. The University of Pécs Medical School has introduced both training and research in migration health as a new priority field. The training of medical students and health professionals is ongoing at three levels: compulsory and optional undergraduate training, and postgraduate training. The Operational Medicine Department of the University of Pécs Medical School works in close cooperation with the WHO Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe project. The University of Pécs is coordinating a consortium of six European higher education institutions to develop a new interdisciplinary curriculum: MSc in Migrant Health. The training programme will be launched in 2017 by the University of Pécs and Danube University Krems”

Public Health Panorama of WHO provides a platform to scientists and public health practitioners for the publication of lessons learned from the field, as well as original research work, to facilitate the use of evidence and good practice for public health action.

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