Migration-themed edition of Public Health Panorama out now

The latest Public Health Panorama takes an in-depth look at migration and health, from the challenges to the solutions. Volume 2 Issue 4 kicks off with an editorial from WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, telling the story of her visit to Trapani in Italy, a harbour city on the frontline of the migration crisis. Dr Jakab comments that much has been learned about how to respond to the health needs of migrating people and it is being implemented, as the Trapani example shows. She refers to this issue of Panorama as “especially timely”, as it arrives at just the right moment to spread best practice and knowledge throughout the Region.

The “Panorama People” interview puts a spotlight on the personal motivations of Allan Krasnik, Professor of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen, as well as examining the benefits of migration to society. A joint editorial entitled “Working together to make migration a healthier process”, by Piroshka Östlin and Santino Severoni, looks at the intersectoral approach to migration in the light of the adoption of the Strategy and action plan on refugee and migrant health, which is also the subject of a paper by Richard Alderslade, combining a section on definitions and strategic priorities.

Good practice, good news

Katarina Carlzén and Slobodan Zdravkovic share good practice with a piece entitled “Promoting refugees’ right to health and social inclusion: a systematic approach”. This looks at a collaborative effort in the south of Sweden involving civil society organizations, municipalities, health authorities and higher education institutions. Continuing with the Swedish example, Solvig Ekblad et al. look at the beneficial effects of an intervention conducted with a group of Arabic- and Somali-speaking women in “Culturally tailored group training to enhance equity in health among migrant women in Sweden”.

The benefits of self-assessment in Slovakia are demonstrated in another example of good practice in Darina Sedlakova et al.’s “Self-evaluation of the public health system in Slovakia”. Ethnically sensitive pharmacy-related services are examined in “Addressing ethnic inequalities in medicine use in Denmark: selected theory-based interventions” by Lourdes Cantarero-Arévalo et al. An urgent need to identify suitable interventions for reducing inequalities in hospital care for ethnic minority patients is the topic of “Hospital-based case management for migrant patients: a systematic review” by Anne M Ølholm et al.

The next issue of Public Health Panorama will focus on the cultural contexts of health and will be published in March 2017.