National Consultation Committee - 29 May 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

09 June 2017 - IOM MHD RO Brussels and IOM Slovenia organized a Roundtable on Health Care of Migrants and the Role of Health Mediators in the framework of the concluding phase of the Re-Health Pilot Project on 29 May 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Hosted and co-organized by the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health, IOM MHD RO Brussels with IOM Slovenia organized a roundtable on Health Care of Migrants and the Role of Health Mediators to present the results of the implementation of the RE-Health pilot project in Slovenia. 

The meeting was organized as an operational representatives’ group that provides strategic direction for each country, validate and endorse project outcomes, and support inter-institutional and in-country dialogue by providing feedback, comments, sharing proposals for future actions, as well as to collectively identify top priorities for the country. Therefore, the meeting also served as a platform of discussion to address the challenges faced during the project implementation within the health care system in Slovenia as well as the role and needs of the cultural mediators in healthcare for migrants and refugees.

Representatives from the National Institute of Public Health, the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior, civil society organizations, academic institutions, medical doctors, and cultural mediators who attended and contributed to the discussions of the event, also had the opportunity for further discussions during an interactive session among all participants where other activities and programmes for health care of migrants in Slovenia were presented.

The roundtable meeting was organized within the framework of the Re-health project, co-funded by the EC’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and through the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) under the amended #EU Third Health Programme (2014-2020). 

The project is aimed to contribute to improved capacity of EU Member States under particular migratory pressure (among which Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy) to help address health-related issues of arriving migrants, while responding to cross-border health threat, in particular at key arrival/transit areas and reception facilities for refugees and other migrants. 

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