HIGH-LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE WORLD ATTENDED THE MEETING
The WHO European Region High-Level Meeting on Migration and Health brought together health ministers and high-level health officials from many countries in Istanbul for European region migration and health issues. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, and Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, also attended the meeting. In addition, health ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, San Marino, Lithuania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Moldova, Lebanon and Romania, Libyan Deputy Prime Minister and Latvian State Secretary physically attended the meeting. At the meeting, where the health ministers of Germany, Italy, Azerbaijan and Poland participated online, the deputy ministers of health of Serbia and Georgia also took part physically.
HEALTH AND MIGRATION PROBLEMS AND FUTURE PLANS WILL BE TALKED
The meeting, which was organized to create a high-level discussion environment and to draw a vision framework on future activities and cooperation on refugee and migrant health, continued closed to the press with 3 panel sessions after the high-level opening session.
The first of the high-level sessions will focus on the problems that countries face when addressing health and migration issues, under the theme of “Indivisible Health: A New Vision for Migrant and Refugee Health”. In the second high-level session, consultations will be held on the policies that are planned to be formed in the future on health and migration, within the scope of the theme “Finding Solutions Together for the Future”. The third session is designed as the “Ministerial Session” and it is expected that the participating ministers will address the principles determined by WHO on health and migration, and possible areas of cooperation. The first day of the meeting will end with the acceptance of the final document.
TECHNICAL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON POLITICAL ISSUES
On the second day of the meeting, 6 sessions will be held at the technical level, within the framework of the political issues discussed on the first day. In technical sessions, “Public health impacts of immigration and displacement in emergencies”, “Public health screening at points of entry”, “Health problems and alternatives during detention of immigrants”, “Mental health for refugees and migrants”, “Immunization services for refugees and immigrants” were discussed. improvement”, “Collection of migration health data and data sharing” will be discussed.
In addition, on the second day of the meeting, a press conference will be held with the participation of Minister of Health Koca, Vice-President of the European Union Commission Margaritis Schinas, WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al-Mandhari, and WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti. Waiting.
A field visit is planned to the migrant health centers in Istanbul Fatih and Sultangazi with the participation of senior officials from WHO, the European Union and the Ministry of Health.