UP MS Migrant Health Programs

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.

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.

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”

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.”

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.

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