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The 2nd meeting of the migHealthCare project took place at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. The meeting, which tool place from 15 – 16 March 2018, was attended by 17 persons from 10 EU countries.

The focus of the meeting was to review the progress of the migHealthCare project so far. Special attention was given to the on-going research on the needs, expectations and capacities of healthcare service providers who work with vulnerable migrants. Furthermore, participants discussed the administration of a research survey in the 10 EU countries, with which they will collect information on the physical and mental health profile of migrants and refugees. The survey is being conducted in several languages, including the national language where it is administered, as well as main languages spoken by migrants and refugees such as English, French, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Somali and Farsi.

Finally, the meeting also discussed new possible collaborations, sharing of the research results in international conferences as well as the next steps for the development of an online database with mapping results of existing services.

Q&A

Q: "Migrants carry infectious diseases?"

A: (According to research) It was demonstrated that the presence of migrants and refugees in our countries do not pose a significantly increased risk for the general population to acquire infectious diseases.

Percentage of migrants arriving in a compromised health condition is between 2 and 5% and concerns mental health, pregnancy-related complications, cardiovascular disease and above all injuries due to incidents during migration route.

The majority of migrants/refugees who arrive to Europe are healthy. Only 2% to 5% have some sort of health problem which mostly concerns mental or pregnancy-related health issues, cardiovascular disease and above all injuries due to accidents or bad living conditions during the migrant journey.

WHO considers as the most frequent health problems among refugees and migrants “accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, gastrointestinal illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy-related illnesses, diabetes, hypertension”.
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