Background

In line with the European Agenda on Migration which foresees supporting the reception capacity to provide healthcare to newly arrived migrants and refugees to the EU Member States under particular migratory pressure, and to reinforce the need for a unified tool for health assessment at the EU level that would allow to retrace the medical history of newly arrived migrants, facilitate the transit to destination countries and foster the integration in national health systems, the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Regional Office in Brussels launched in February 2016 the Re-Health project – Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges. The action is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goals: well managed migration, Universal Health Coverage and Member stated commitments to “leave no one behind”.

Co-funded under the amended EU Third Health Programme (2014-2020) by direct grant agreement awarded to IOM by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), through the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), the action is a continuation of other EC funded projects implemented by IOM in the field of migration health, including PHBLM and Equi-Health. Re-Health aimed at improving the capacity of EU Member States under particular migratory pressure to address the health-related issues of migrants arriving at key reception areas, while preventing and addressing possible communicable diseases and cross-border health events. The project was composed of three main components: electronic health database and its electronic Personal Health Record (e-PHR), exploratory phase, and piloting of the PHR/e-PHR in the field in different countries across Europe.

After the initial piloting phase of the e-PHR within Re-Health in Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia, and in line with the priorities and actions set out under the EU Public Health Work Programme 2017 to implement the third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020), the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Regional Office in Brussels is, under the current year 2017-2018, to implement and consolidate the use of the PHR as a single tool for health assessments in EU countries and to develop a revised version of the tool and its related electronic platform (e-PHR).

Under the project Re-Health2 – Implementation of the Personal Health Record as a tool for integration of refugees in EU health systems, in line with the EU Migration Agenda, the New Skills Agenda for Europe - Commission Communication COM(2016) 381 in its part related to the integration of third country nationals, IOM will carry out the implementing action with the overall objective to contribute to the integration of newly-arrived migrants and refugees, including those to be relocated, in the EU Member States’ health systems through the utilization of the PHR/e-PHR.