IOM Rome and MHD (RO Brussels and Rome) held a National Consultation in Rome for the launch of the Re-Health project in Italy

11 April 2016 - A National Consultation (NC) was co-organized by IOM Rome and MHD RO Brussels to launch the IOM/EC direct agreement, the Re-Health project, held at the Italian Ministry of Health on 7 April 2016.

The objective of the NC was to enhance cooperation among a wide range ok key stakeholders involved in the provision of health services to refugees and other migrants at key reception spots. The meeting counted with representation from the Italian Ministries of Health and Interior DG SANTE, DG HOME, CHAFEA, WHO Europe, UNHCR, EASO, National Public Health Institute, National Health Institute for Migration and Poverty, Centro Salute Globale in Tuscany, Italian Red Cross, Servizio Centrale ANCI, the Health Council from Sicily, and civil society representatives such as Emergency, Médecins Sans Frontiers, and Médecins du Monde.

The first half of the consultation gathered representatives from IOM, the European Commission, and members of the Italian Ministry of Health to discuss on the need for enhanced cooperation among the various stakeholders. The second session represented an opportunity for a larger group of stakeholders to present on their current health-related projects in the field of migration and humanitarian aid, including “The CARE project” coordinated by NHIMP, “EUR-HUMAN” by Centro Salute Globale, “SH-CAPAC” by AUSL Reggio Emilia and “8 NGOs in 11 MS” by Médecins du Monde.

IOM MHD RO Brussels opened up the second session by introducing the IOM/EC direct agreement, the Re-Health project, focusing particularly on the piloting of the Personal Health Record (PHR) in Greece and other EU Member States, and highlighting the importance of the use of interpreters and cultural mediators. At the end of the presentation, IOM moderators opened the floor for questions and comments, inviting all participants to provide their feedback on the overall outcomes of the meeting.

The stakeholders point out the need to develop a standardized platform on the health status of migrants in Europe, and therefore, agreed on the importance of national trans-stakeholder consultations as a constructive practice to promote dialogue among key actors. In addition, particular attention was focus on data integration and the merge of existing platforms, which would put to an end on the creation of “ad hoc” platforms on migrant health. The risk of overlapping projects and data protection on the use of IT platforms was also discuss during the meeting.