23 January 2017 – On 20 January 2017 the 4th Coordination Committee meeting on Refugees’ Health took place in Luxembourg, organized by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA). To open the meeting DG SANTE will provide an update on the current EC initiatives on migrant health and emergency situations.
Following the introduction, a report on the current status of the projects funded under the EU 3rd Health Programme as part of the actions to support Member States under particular migratory pressure, as well as related results was presented, namely; European Refugees – Human Movement and Advisory Network (EUR-HUMAN) by the University of Crete; Supporting health coordination, assessment, planning, access to health care and capacity building (SH-CAPAC) by the Andalusian School of Public Health; 8 NGOs for migrants/refugees’ health needs in 11 countries (8 NGOs in 11 States) led by Médecins du Monde and the Common Approach for Refugees and other migrants’ health (CARE) by the Istituto Nazionale per la promozione della salute delle popolazioni migranti ed il contrasto delle malattie della poverta’.
IOM MHD RO Brussels participated and contributed with a presentation of the latest developments within the Re-HEALTH project, Supporting Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges, including the ongoing implementation activities in participating Member States and foreseen actions for the coming months.
The overall aim of the meeting was to present the progress of each project by demonstrating the concrete results, with the main focus being on the progress achieved, the milestones and deliverables reached and a presentation of the fieldwork settings.
In addition, DG SANTE introduced the upcoming Joint Action with Member States on Health Inequalities, to be funded by the 3rd Health Programme under the Work Programme 2017, and the foreseen within it Work Package on Migrant Health lead by the Portuguese Ministry of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.