UP MS Migrant Health Programs

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. 

The Department of Infectology, Catastrophe Medicine and Oxiology attended the 6th conference organized by the National Union of Public Health Education and Research Institutes in Budapest.

The following topics were presented on the event by our colleagues in Hungarian:

Prof Dr István Szilárd, Prof Dr Árpád Baráth, Dr Antal Tibold and Kia Golesorkhi: Development of a cross-border public health education program within the framework of the IPA Croatian-Hungarian cooperation program that is co-financed by the EU.

Dr Chen Sheng Wei, Dr Zoltán Katz, Erika Marek and Prof Dr István Szilárd: Examination of attitudes towards immunization amongst Chinese population in Hungary

The following topics were presented on the event by our colleagues in English:

Erika Marek, Dr Tímea Dergez, Dr Gábor Rébék-Nagy, Dr Zoltán Katz, Prof Dr István Szilárd, Prof Dr Péter Gőcze: Sharp rise in awareness – little impact on attitudes – no changes in sexual behaviour: results of an HPV-focused educational intervention

Dr Zoltán Katz, Erika Marek, Prof Dr István Szilárd: Development of recommendation for migrant vaccination as a new EU policy health priority.

Prof Dr István Szilárd held a three-day training within the BOMCA (Boarder Management in Central Asia) program concerning the health and healthcare problems connected to the responsibilities of border guards of the five partner countries in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He introduced the research of our university which had been conducted along the whole stretch of the Schengen border in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. The conclusions of this research were adapted to the problems of the BOMCA countries during the training. The program is funded by the European Union.

On the 3rd HEALTH MANAGEMENT project's workshop the Accreditation Team was established. Both partners delegated their members to the local accreditation committee. Members of the accreditation team were introduced with each other, and went through on the training materials for the postgraduate and undergraduate courses. The delegated members will be responsible for the coordination of the accreditation.

In the HEALTH MANAGEMENT project’s 2nd workshop participants listened to the presentations about “The legal framework of the family health care and everyday practice”.

Dr. István Szilárd explained why Migration Health became a new challenge for the EU. He focused on the public health aspects of migration, why migration health is an issue of a growing importance in terms of population heath level as well as from the economy point of view. He also emphasized the reasons to develop and implement ‘migrant sensitive’ health care system, and especially the necessity of human resources development to cope with this new challenge.

From the Hungarian part, dr. Agnes Csikós and dr. Szilvia Heim gave presentations about the legal framework of the family health care and everyday practice in Hungary.

Dr. Ágnes Csikós introduced the teaching activities in family medicine at University of Pecs. She explained the undergraduate, postgraduate and residency educational programs, including modules such as  Medical Communication Skills Basic Module, Family Medicine Clinical Module, and how Family Medicine Practice is built up for undergraduate students. We also had an insight into the residency curricula, and plans for the future.

Daily work of a Hungarian family physician was presented by dr. Szilvia Heim. We got a brief overview about the management of the practice, what the general practice is like, what are the general tasks of the family physicians and how it is financed in Hungary.

From the Croatian part, dr. Iva Juric introduces the Croatian Family health care system and everyday practice in Croatia. She explained what is new in everyday practice in Croatian health care. Dr. Juric focused in her presentation on their new program, and told that now they have every medical record on computer as well as e-recipe, e-referrals. She informed as in her presentation that they have around 40-50 patients in a day practice.

The 1st HEALTH MANAGEMENT project workshop was held in Pecs on the 23rd-24th of February 2012. The topic of the workshop was the “Transition of health care system of new member states to the EU normative”.

During the 2 days workshop we had great presentations, such as Dr. István Szilárd’s presentation about the “Health and Public Health in the structure of the EU commission and the Health Program Priorities 2014-2020”. Participants got an insight into the Health priorities and funding possibilities in the EU, such as the EU Health Programs and their proposal for a new Health for Growth Programme (2014-2020) and its priorities and general objectives.

The next presenter was Dr. Szabolcs Fekete who explained EU Funding possibilities for Health related projects and also the future prospects. In his presentations he went trough how the EU Health Programmes work, and how these are financed, what the coming possibilities, objectives and as well as the fundamentals of financials

Kia Golesorkhi, explained the main characteristics of the Health Care and Health Insurance system in the EU. We got an insight into the EU Common Values and Principles, how the health system in the EU looks like, how the governance builds up. He highlighted the importance of the management training, where he claimed that “Clinicians should be trained in the fields of Leadership and Management and should be involved in joint-decision making”.

A Croatian expert, Dr. Nikola Kraljik, introduced the current characteristics of Croatian Health care system and Health insurance system to the participants.

The HEALTH MANAGEMENT project’s kick off meeting was held in Osijek on 17th of January 2012. Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Včev, the Dean of the J.J.Strossmayer University of Osijek and Prof. Dr. Attila Miseta, the Dean of the University of Pecs Medical School officially announced the project’s starting.

Both deans emphasized the it is in the mutual interest of the Hungarian - Croatian regional cross-border cooperation to develop a coordinated policy and launch joint actions on the field of health care and related human resource capacity building capable facing with both challenges: Croatia’s accession to the EU and Hungary’s task as new Schengen country.

The two project teams set the workshops dates and planned the next steps of the project.

The CHANCE consortium will held a workshop on the 4th Conference on Migrant and Minority Health in Europe, in Milan, Italy.

HRC building: Need for health professionals trained to work in a multicultural environment

With the growing number of migrants into the EU their physical and mental status of health gets an increasing relevance. Following factors have an important impact on migrants` health:

biological and genetic preconditions, cultural and political requirements of their home- and host country, experiences during the process of migration, social conditions etc.

For protecting the physical and mental health of migrants in their host country, a multifactorial approach on the background of the bio-psycho-social model of health is therefore needed. Experts with specific migrants-related knowledge have to be trained by institutions of higher academic education to enable them to meet the complex task of migrants’ health assurance.

In such a training programme, two dimensions are of particular importance:

  • Assessment of risk-factors on the physical and mental health of migrants
  • Development and implementation of intervention strategies for maintaining a sustainable health status in migrants.

Following core competencies have to be trained:

  • Intercultural competences
  • Risk-assessment strategies from a bio-psycho-social perspective
  • Problem-solving-, cooperation- and communication-skills.

Funded by the European Commission ERASMUS program, the CHANCE consortium of European universities is developing an MSc curriculum for future experts in migrants’ health. It includes the modules:

  • Economic and health economic impacts on migration (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Organisation and system management ( Donau-University Krems, Austria)
  • Epidemiology and research methods ( University of East-Anglia, Norwich, UK)
  • Clinical and public health assessment ( University of Kosice, Slovakia)
  • Social and cultural aspects on migrants ‘physical and mental health ( University Medicine Greifswald, Germany, Medical University Graz, Austria)
  • Environmental and occupational Aspects on Migrants `Health ( University of Pécs, Hungary)

The graduates of this programme will attain a European Master in Migrants Health. By supporting a successful integration of migrants into their host country the future experts will thus make a contribution to maintain the health of an important population group in modern western societies.


The CHANCE project's 2rd SC meeting and three module workshops (M1, M5 & M6) were held in Norwich between 29th of November and 1st of December 2011.

For further information: http://www.mighealth-unipecs.hu/downloads/viewcategory/22-3rd-sc-meeting-and-m1-m5-m6-ws-29-nov-1-dec-2011-in-norwich

The CHANCE project's 2nd SC meeting and two module workshops (M2&M4) were held in Krems between 19-21st of October 2011.

For further information about the workshop: http://www.mighealth-unipecs.hu/downloads/viewcategory/18-2nd-sc-meeting-m4-ws-19-21-oct-2011-in-krems

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