Jointly organised by FEAM with the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA)
The Conference on Migration, Health and Medicine will be hosted by the Royal Academies of Medicine of Belgium (ARMB and KAGB) in collaboration with the French Academy of Medicine (ANM). It will take place on 22 November 2019 at the Palace of the Academies, Rue Ducale/Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels.
Recent changes in the scale and distribution of forced migrants across the globe are presenting new challenges to healthcare systems in host European countries. Promoting the health status of refugees and migrants has been prioritized by the WHO through multiple actions. All these actions call upon Member States to promote the health of refugees and migrants through refugee- and migrant-sensitive health policies and health care, equitable access to health care, evidence-informed practice and refugee and migrant health information systems.
For refugees and migrants, communicable diseases have received the most attention but there is growing awareness that a broad range of issues, such as non-communicable disorders, maternal and child health and mental health, also require targeted policy and culturally sensitive practice. The health challenges span also mental and physical health.
In advancing their mission, the European Academies have an advisory role to play regarding European and national policies. The purpose of this Conference is therefore to raise awareness of the European Academies on the particular medical, physical and mental but also geopolitical, and social aspects of health problems of migrants.