UP MS Migrant Health Programs

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”

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Our colleagues in cooperation with the Department of Public Health Medicine started a widespread health-sociological survey in a segregate (Györgytelep Area) in Pécs in May, 2016. This research is a kind of repetition of the European Health Interview Survey (EHIC, 2014) complemented with questions regarding health awareness, attitudes, beliefs and health behaviour of the communty living in this segregated suburb. To date, nearly 50 interviews have been conducted and the research is continuously ongoing with the HRC support of the Maltese Charity Organization.

Györgytelep Area is situated in the north- eastern district of Pécs. It is a colony built originally for coal miners and their families in the socialistic era. After the political and economic transformation in ’89 the coal mines were closed. The great majority of the population living in this segregated district of the city belong to the Roma ethnic minority, their living standards are very low and disadvantaged (low educational level, high rates of unemployment, alcohol and drug abuse). The local government of Pécs in cooperation with the Maltese Charity Organization have launched a comprehensive rehabilitation program, which includes infrastructure development, ie. renovation of the old houses and social care as well.

By the end of 2016 University of Pécs and the Immigration and Asylum Office (IAO) of Hungary signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the field of migration and public health. The aim of the project is to launch researches among migrants and refugees from 3rd. countries in reception and detention centers. The research focuses on the collection and analysis of health screening and epidemiological data, perform surveys, interviews by using applied sociological methods. This new phase of the research starts in January 2017. The program that is conducted by the Department of Operational Medicine of the University, is the follow up of a research started in 2007 already.

The research focuses also on the immunization status of the migrants in order to prevent an outbreak of vaccine preventable diseases.

It is our great pleasure that the Hungarian city of Pécs will host the Xth annual meeting of ENIEC. During the annual program and joint field visits we will introduce tp the participants the ongoing Roma community level rehabilitation programs and there will be space for discussing about the experiences, how to adapt its beneficial results in other countries. Naturally, the jubilee meeting will provide the opportunity continuing sharing ENIEC members’ activities and experience, highlighting and even strengthening the power of the network, learning the lessons that the Jubilee Book will provide for us.

On the 20th of January the newly appointed cultural attaché Katia Bennett visited the Faculty of Medicine. During this visit she met dean Prof. MD Attila Miseta and Prof. MD Lajos Bogár leader of the Opeartional Medicin Department. She also met the colleauges from the migration health program. We discussed about different topics and aspects related to the research and educational programs at the UP MS and also about previous relations with the USA.

Katia Benett is also a director of the ’Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) Hub Office’ operates in Budapest at the american embassy. This office supports 20 embassies in Middle-East Europe who are regionally coordinating studies on the field of ESTH.

During the visit we spoke about the supportment and the opprtunity of American and Hungarian researchers exchange programs. We also talked about the opportunity to use previous USA studies in WHO local and regional programs.

In this year we continued our charity program like in the last years for the Civil School in Gilvánfa who work with disadvantaged and roma children in the village. The presents put into shoeboxes for children between the age of 6-12, with the age and gender on the box as well. We also collected clothes for children and grownups. Many of us from the department and student from the hole faculty made boxex and brought used clothes.

The presents picked up by the leader of the civil school on the 19th of Decembe and brought to children who really need toys, clothes and sweets for Christmas.  We wish a merry-merry Christmas for them.

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.

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