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WHO launches summer school on refugee and migrant health

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its first summer school on refugee and migrant health earlier this month.

WHO launches summer school on refugee and migrant health

The programme is taking place this week on 10-14 July in Italy with the theme of managing the public health aspects of migration.
 
Over 1.3 million people have arrived to Europe by the Mediterranean Sea since 2015. This year alone, by 3 June, 98,185 migrants and refugees had entered Europe by sea. Over 86% arrived in Italy, and the remainder arrived in Greece, Spain and Cyprus. 

The five-day course for high level experts addressed the public health response to this situation and was designed to enable participating countries to share their knowledge and skills.
 
Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, described the summer school as ‘a starting point’ for increased action and intensive problem solving.
 
‘When we work hand-in-hand to address the health of migrants, everyone wins. When our migrants thrive, our communities thrive,’ said Dr Jakab. ‘WHO is firmly committed to ensuring the human right to health for all.’
 
Participants included representatives from Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Tajikistan and Turkey.

WHO/Europe chose Syracuse as the location of the summer school because of Italy’s proven experience with receiving migrants. The expertise of officials in Italy and other European host countries in addressing migrant healthcare is a learning opportunity for the world.

For more information on the programme, visit the WHO website.

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