UP MS Migrant Health Programs

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.

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.
Newsletter 2012/2

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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.

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.

The representatives of our Department – Prof Dr István Szilárd, Dr Szabolcs Fekete, Dr Zoltán Katz and Zsófia Freund – gave an account of the program which aimed to develop an internet-based platform for professionals, based on the framework of Open Society Foundations- Roma Health Network, at the Budapest Office of the Open Society Institute on 14 September 2012. The network that has been developed by our colleagues and named RomaHealthNetwork was introduced on the meeting. The website with the domain www.romahealthnet.org aims to offer new perspectives for researchers, educators, decision-makers concerning health policy, and any other professional working in this field by combining several functions. The website strives to incorporate the main functions of databases and social network sites, ensure one’s opportunity to follow up on events concerning the topic, and help in making contacts on a moderated forum.

An agreement came into existence on the meeting regarding the future cooperation which is thought to be important and useful by both parties in the development and improvement of the health and social state of the Roma. However, our colleagues and the representatives of the institute agreed to further develop the RomaHealthNetwork that has been established by them earlier.

The representatives of our Department participated in a workshop which was held under the framework of the IPA Cross-border Co-operation Program(Hungarian-Croatian Regional Cross-border Cooperation Program) in Osijek, Croatia on 10-11 September 2012. The curriculum of the six module postgraduate course, “Health Management”, which has been developed in the framework of the project, was introduced by the module developers, and it was adopted by the Accreditation Committee of both institutions unanimously. Dr Péter Németh, Dr Gábor Ternák and Dr Lajos Bogár represented our Faculty in the Accreditation Committee.

On 12 September 2012, representatives of the Hungarian Baptist Aid visited the Department of Infectology, Catastrophe Medicine and Oxyology to discuss the future cooperation. Several common issues and goals have been unraveled in the work of the two institutions during the introduction which could be a good basis for joint projects in the future. The two parties agreed to support each other, outlined the basis of the cooperation, and assigned the first duties to each other. 

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