European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in health

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Study on empowerment

The European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in Health is looking for a consultant to do a study on empowerment – read the terms of reference and find out how to apply here



Newsletter #7

The European Network newsletter#7 is out!


“Testimony gives recognition and dignity to the patient”

Testimony collection is an essential element in the data collection work of the Network members. This is how Network members acquire real world stories, necessary to illustrate the quantitative data that we present, in order to achieve positive social change.

Collecting testimonies from service users and health professionals helps to communicate effectively the reality of the service users we meet. They tell us about their difficulties in accessing healthcare because of administrative, financial, language barriers and so many other social issues.

You will find in this section a series of testimonies collected throughout the Network by volunteers in the field for the European Network observatory report “Access to healthcare for people facing multiple health vulnerabilities – obstacles in access to care for children and pregnant women in Europe”.

We will publish one testimony per week here, so do not hesitate to come back


Newsletter #6

The European Network newsletter #6 is out!

Joint NGO Statement ahead of the European Council of 22-23 June 2017: Towards a migration policy that works

Joint NGO Statement ahead of the European Council of 22-23 June 2017:
Towards a migration policy that works

In the last few years, migration has become a central part of the EU’s foreign and development policy. In November 2015 the EU and several African states agreed on the Valletta Action Plan, which looks at ways to cooperate in the field of migration. In June 2016 the EU announced its new partnership approach with third countries, a framework that uses positive and negative incentives across policy domains to encourage partner countries to better cooperate in the field of migration1. The five priority countries identified for this approach were Niger, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Senegal and Mali, among 16 other identified partnership countries

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The Health Centre for Undocumented Migrants has seen an increased proportion of their service users coming from EU/ EEA/ Schengen area countries, over the last decade or so. The Health Centre recorded a high prevalence of serious health problems & unmet service needs previously highlighted (SKBO 2013, 2016).
This interesting summary presents the experience and data concerning destitute European migrants in Oslo based on two projects run by the Health Centre for Undocumented migrants in Oslo.

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Video: Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), “Towards empowerment”, workshop, Dublin 8-9 December 2016

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) is a national organisation working to promote justice, empowerment and equality for migrants and their families.

They are also part of the European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in health created in 2015 and hosted by Doctors of the World France.  Since 2001, MRCI has taken a stand with migrants to tackle the root causes of inequality. They use a community work approach with a focus on participation, leadership and empowerment, and have a strong track record in securing policy changes – including the criminalisation of forced labour, the Bridging Visa for undocumented migrants, reversal of work permit changes, protections for domestic & agriculture workers, and reversing the minimum wage cut. MRCI operates a Resource Centre and has a national remit.

Video: “Towards empowerment”, workshop, Dublin 8-9 December 2016

Much of the work of Doctors of the World and our partners is about empowerment. We all have our ways and definitions of what it means to empower a self-support group or small organization on health related matters. In essence, empowerment is about supporting people we work with to have or take more control over all aspects of their life.

In the framework of the European network to reduce vulnerabilities in health, about 15 program coordinators from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK had the opportunity to meet for two days in Dublin and exchange about their practices and different ways to empower patients or service users in their daily work.

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Mental health is everyone’s concern

PICUM: Joint statement by 17 European organisations calling for more action on mental health in Europe

PICUM signed onto a statement calling for more action on mental health and recommending, among others, equal access to quality mental health care across Europe for everyone including all migrants, irrespective of residence status.

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