This study, conducted by a University of Birmingham research team, with the help of Médecins du monde teams, constitutes the first independent scientific study of the new Calais migrant camp. The findings confirm that migrants in the informal camp are living in perilous conditions, which are significantly contributing to their ill-health and injury. The shortcomings in shelter, food and water safety, personal hygiene, sanitation and security are likely to have detrimental long-term health consequences for the camp’s residents over their life course. It is the researchers’ assessment that the situation in Calais amounts to a humanitarian crisis and requires far greater resource than has been provided to date by state agencies to protect migrants in the camp. Conditions in the camp do not meet standards recommended by UNHCR, WHO or the Sphere project. The report can be downloaded here.
In Spain, adult undocumented migrants have been excluded from essential healthcare since Royal Decree-Law 16/2012 came into effect in September 2012. Undocumented pregnant women and children were explicitly exempted by this new law, yet they too have been frequently denied access to essential services since the decree came into force: the political message on exclusion of undocumented migrants was stronger than the law.
A nationwide network co-hosted by MdM Spain, www.reder162012.org, has just released a new report about the impact of the 2012 legal changes that changed universal healthcare coverage into a work-based system, accompanied by video testimonies of patients.
BRUSSELS, 11 September 2015 – On the occasion of the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting taking place in Brussels on 14 September, where ministers will discuss measures to address an increase in refugees and migrants crossing EU sea and land borders, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and its member organisations urge EU leaders to establish safe and regular channels for migrants and refugees to come to Europe.
An appeal for a migrant, asylum seeker and refugee reception policy
It is estimated that over 20,000 people have lost their lives along Europe’s borders over the past 20 years, with almost 2,000 of them perishing in the Mediterranean since the start of 2015. The Member States of the European Union (EU) will address the issue of these repeated tragedies at the 25-6 June European Council meeting.
Concerning: upcoming EPSCO Council debate on migrant health
We are writing to you ahead of the EPSCO Council meeting in Luxembourg on 19 June 2015, where you will discuss the health dimension of the European agenda of migration. During the April 2014 informal EPSCO Council meeting in Athens, the Health Ministers agreed on the promotion of access to healthcare for all migrants, as well as the need for “special health services for particularly vulnerable migrant groups”. In the June 2014 Conclusions on the economic crisis and healthcare, the Council acknowledged that “universal access to healthcare is of paramount importance in addressing health inequalities”.
During her visit to Ivory Coast, French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira joined Médecins du monde in endorsing « Support don’t punish », the global advocacy campaign calling for better drug policies that prioritize public health and human rights, and for decriminalization of drug users. Thank you!
European press statement
New international report by Doctors of the World shows paediatric and delivery care still far from universally accessible throughout Europe
Although the right of pregnant women and children to healthcare is one of the most basic, universal and essential human rights, more than half of the pregnant women seen by Doctors of the World in 2014 had not had access to antenatal care. Only one-third of children seen had been vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella (MMR). Europe needs to transform its impressive body of recommendations regarding universally accessible healthcare into real actions.