The Italian region of Sicily develops a contingency health response plan to massive migration

WHO/Sara Barragán Montes

The WHO Regional Office for Europe, through its Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME) project, is working with the Health Regional Councillor of the Sicily region on a regional contingency plan for the management of massive influxes of migrants.  Since the beginning of 2014, 50.000 migrants have arrived to the Italian region of Sicily, crossing the Mediterranean Sea to access European territory. As the recent search and rescue operations changed the geography of the arrivals, a need for enhanced coordination among all actors involved within and beyond the health sector is needed. WHO staff has joined a technical task force called by the Regional Health Councillor of Sicily and engaged in a month of desk and field work to jointly draft a Regional Contingency Plan.