Refugees and migrants in Serbia now have access to the same quality health care as the host population, officials say

The comments were made at a presentation in Belgrade, showcasing the achievements of Serbia’s health-care system in improving services for migrants and refugees with the support of the European Union.

The “Report on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region” was cited as evidence that refugees and migrants are more likely to become ill than the local population due to the challenges of travel and integration.

The meeting also concluded that once the immediate health needs of refugees and migrants are met, there is still a need to strengthen the capacity of health professionals to provide culturally sensitive health promotion and prevention services.

In Serbia, the first steps towards achieving this were taken through:

  • health promotion materials produced in 6 languages
  • community workshops attended by 853 migrants and refugees
  • training in stress management and cultural sensitivity for 350 health professionals

Subsequent workshops and training sessions continue to be organized by the Ministry of Health in Serbia.