RE-HEALTH was launched in February 2016 by the Migration Health Division of the IOM Regional Office in Brussels. Co-funded by the EC’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), through the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) under the amended EU Third Health Programme (2014-2020), the action aimed at (1) establishing links between key reception areas for refugees and migrants and the health systems; (2) expand the use of the established Personal Health Record (PHR) and the accompanying Handbook for Health Professionals (HPs) to evaluate the health status and needs of arriving refugees and migrants in Europe; (3) ensure that health assessments and preventive measures are implemented, taking into account the needs of children and other vulnerable groups; and (4) to ensure that data initially collected through the PHR is stored in a database so that it is available at transit and destination countries. The project contributes to EU’s goal of improving the capacity of its Member States under migratory pressure to address health related issues of arriving migrants.
The objective of the concluding conference of the Re-Health project pilot phase is to present the outcomes of this action, introducing the methodology followed, and with a particular focus on the tools used, such as the electronic Personal Health Record and the training on migration and health for cultural and health mediators.
During the panel discussions, representatives from the EU Member States where the project has been implemented, will provide further details on the implementation of the action, including first-hand experience from health professionals and mediators.
In addition to the concluding remarks of the pilot phase of this project, future steps will be explored in the continue promotion and fostering integration of newly arrived migrants and refugees in the EU MS health systems through the utilization of the electronic Personal Health Record within the framework of the EU Health Programme.