14 March 2016 - The Migration health Division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office Brussels and the Secretariat General for Public Health of the Hellenic Ministry of Health held a Regional Consultation (RC) Health throughout the reception process: Inter-sectorial dialogue in Athens, Greece, on 8 March 2016.
Organized within the framework of the Equi-Health project, co-financed by the European Commission’s DG SANTE and with the contribution of IOM MHD HQ and IOM Athens, the Consultation aimed at fostering an inter-sectorial dialogue on migration health and developing recommendations into national and EU-level migration health policy and practice.
Representatives from Southern EU Member States’ Ministries of Health and Interior actively contributed to the discussions by providing updates on the current migration health situation and challenges faced in their respective countries. The contributions and updates were based on the Equi-Health findings and recommendations from the Situational Assessment Report (SAR).
The event also served as a platform for the launch of the new IOM MHD RO Brussels Direct Agreement with the EC DG SANTE on the project ‘Re-HEALTH - Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges’. Participants had the opportunity to discuss and contribute to the presentations from the 4 projects under the EC 3rd Health Programme actions in supporting Member States under particular migratory pressure. Towards the last part of the day, thematic working groups gathered (Health Systems, Monitoring, and Partnerships). Here the different stakeholders had the chance to engage in a constructive dialogue and receive further clarifications from IOM and EC DG SANTE on Re-Health and the overall EU perspective.
The meeting counted with the participation of more than 50 representatives from Ministries of Health, Interior and Regional Health Authorities from the Southern EU Member States, including Croatia, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain as well as representatives from international organizations, civil society organizations, health and law enforcement professionals, and academia.