27th Meeting of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) Committee of Senior Representatives held on 4 April 2017 in Gdynia, Poland

On 4 April 2017, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) held its 27th Committee of Senior Representatives in Gdynia, Poland.

Representing ten member countries and nine partner organizations, the NDPHS Secretariat and current chair, represented by the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, initially provided information about important developments in the partnership as well as the main recent activities. Partners were also invited to present information regarding their activities relevant to the partnership, prior to the main topics of discussions set up in the meeting agenda. 

IOM, as partner organization of the NDPHS, was represented by Ms. Anna Rostocka, IOM Poland Head of Office, who presented the recent and more relevant migration health activities at national, regional and global level. First, IOM Poland current project proposal on strengthening health awareness and promoting healthy behavior practices among asylum seekers, developed in partnership with the Office of Foreigners in Poland, was presented. At regional level, several activities concerning the two main projects of MHD IOM Regional Office in Brussels, Equi-Health and Re-Health projects were also presented, including the developed health strand of the migrant integration health policy index (MIPEX), the expert consensus recommendations on access to health services for migrants in an irregular situation, the developed and implemented trainings on migration health for health professionals and law enforcement officers as well as the Handbook for health professionals, and Personal Health Record (PHR) currently being implemented thought the Re-Health project and its electronic platform. 

Furthermore, Ms. Anna Rostocka delivered IOM’s global agenda, including the implementation of the 2008 World Health Assembly Resolution 61.17 on the health of migrants through the Madrid Global Operational Framework, developed and agreed in 2010 at the first IOM/WHO Global Consultation on Migrant Health, and the second Global Consultation recently organized in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She also thanked Member States for their support in calling for action to ensure that the health needs of migrants are adequately addressed in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees.

In addition, other aspects concerning the partnership’s activities were also discussed during the meeting. In particular, the approval of the NDPHS Progress report for 2016 (cf. document CSR 27/5/1), the implementation of the NDPHS Action Plan and the health component of the EUSBSR Action Plan as well as the reviewing and updating of the regionally agreed objectives in the area of health and social well-being.