Refugee and Migrant Health Workshop in Athens

Understanding of refugee and migrant health needs and the human rights approach is essential for a better comprehension of this multi-causal problem. MediPIET and EAN will jointly organise a 3-days workshop in Athens, Greece, from Saturday 14th to Monday 16th October 2017.

Providing evidence based information for designing, applying and assessing actions in public health interventions, which includes migrants and refugees, is of paramount for targeting this vulnerable population. This Training of Trainers is conceived as an exchange of experiences among professionals working in the field of Migrant and Refugee health from EU and non-EU countries with the aim of improving knowledge and strengthening the network of scientists working in this field.

Since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011, more than 4.9 million refugees are out of Syria and hosted in Middle-Eastern and North African countries. In 2015, more than 1 million refugees and migrants reached Europe through the Mediterranean Sea and Turkey. During the 1st semester of 2017, a total of 112 018 arrivals were registered in the Mediterranean with 2361 deaths recorded. In 2015, the vast majority of people entered Greece and moved northwards through the Balkans to reach Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Scandinavian countries while since 2016 most people cross the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats. Ninety-one per cent of the arrivals come from the world’s top 10 refugee producing countries. The journey these people undertake is perilous and puts them in increased risk of diseases and injuries. Chronic and mental health disorders are also prevalent and need appropriate access to health care and follow up.