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Health Council : Migrants' Health Problems in Focus

Magazine article Europe-East

Health Council : Migrants' Health Problems in Focus

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The Health Council on 6 December in Brussels will be looking into the inclusion of health and migration issues in Community and national policies, one of the key themes of the Portuguese EU Presidency. The 27 are expected to stress the need for the specific problems of migrants' health to be taken into account. "Special attention must be granted to the health of migrants in all the policy processes concerned," and more specifically in employment, social and development cooperation policies, note the draft conclusions. Specific problems must also be taken into account, "women and children being the most vulnerable," states the document.

The ministers will also be encouraged to develop a consensus and convergence in their approach to policies and strategies for the prevention and treatment of certain infectious diseases (tuberculosis, AIDS and sexually transmissible diseases), for which migrants are at greater risk. Non-transmissible diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc) require particular approaches, such as those targeting populations as a whole as well as high-risk groups.

Lisbon will ask the member states how they plan to share their knowledge, relevant experiences, best practice and conclusions from concrete actions.

The draft conclusions are based on the results of the conference on Health and migration - Better health for all in an inclusive society', sponsored by the EU Presidency on 27 and 28 September in Lisbon. That meeting demonstrated the lack of sufficient information and knowledge. Monitoring and research on health issues are needed, with particular attention paid to certain mobile populations. The Presidency adds that more themes and indicators linked to migrants' health should be developed.

EUROPEAN STRATEGY

The ministers will also debate the EU health strategy in the wake of publication of the European Commission's white paper on 23 October. …

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