EQUI-HEALTH: Fostering health provision for migrants, Roma and other vulnerable groups
The objective of EQUI-HEALTH project is to improve the access and appropriateness of health care services and prevention to meet the needs of migrants, Roma and other vulnerable minority groups.
The initiative was launched in February 2013 by the Migration Health Division of the Regional Office for Europe of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The project is co-financed by direct grant awarded to IOM from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), through the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea).
The EQUI-HEALTH is divided in 3 sub-actions:
- MIGRANT HEALTH at SOUTHERN EU BORDERS aims at building a comprehensive multi-sectorial approach in upholding migrant and public health: situational assessments, discussions about data collection mechanisms as well as trainings to meet the capacity building needs. Info brief and Assessment report for Croatia are available is available at this link.
- ROMA HEALTH focuses on promoting dialogue among key stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental groups) on Roma health issues. Progress reports for Croatia are available at this link.
- Under the MIGRANT HEALTH component available information on national legal and policy frameworks will be aggregated in the form of country reviews for policy makers linking to the MIPEX (Migrant Integration Policy) index by developing a Health Strand.
National Pilot Training Rollout for First Responders in Croatia
Under the IOM EQUI-HEALTH project Component 1, IOM Zagreb delivered a total of 3 National Pilot Training Rollout Workshops and one local Train the Trainer (ToT) course in Croatia during the period Oct-Dec 2014. The courses in Zagreb, Vinkovci and Dubrovnik gathered 19, 19 and 12 participants, respectively, whereas the local ToT course brought together a group of 12. This sub-action was funded from an additional earmarked grant of HRK 128,230 (USD 22,950) provided to IOM Zagreb by the Swiss Embassy in Croatia, and was jointly delivered by the regionally trained IOM Zagreb, public health and safety at work specialists.
To cover the topics of migrant, occupational and public health, the sessions assembled a mixed group of participants, including border police, open/closed centre police and medical staffs, the Croatian Red Cross, county public health institutes, Customs Administration, the UMC institution and an NGO. The programme also covered intercultural competence and communication skills, topics highly appreciated by the groups.
To ensure further capacity building and future sustainability of the action, 3 pilot workshops yielded a total of 12 local trainers from different parts of Croatia. The Swiss Ambassador, H.E. Stefan Estermann awarded Certificates of Attendance to 12 local trainers that stand as a nucleus for conducing potential training activities in the upcoming period.