Request For Proposals: HEN reports on migration and health


Migration is currently a high-priority topic on the political and policy agendas of most of the Member States of the WHO European Region. Evidence-based public health measures aimed at mitigating the health implications of migration have the potential to save a significant number of lives, reduce suffering and ill health, as well as address growing health care costs and mitigate or avoid the negative impacts of migration on health systems and societies. To address this priority and provide technical assistance to countries, WHO/Europe has established the Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME) project.

Although the availability of statistical data has improved immeasurably in recent years, the situation remains far from ideal. Insufficient knowledge in many areas has hampered efforts to more effectively plan and implement effective strategies to address the issue of migration and health. To fill this gap, the WHO Regional Office for Europe is commissioning three HEN synthesis reports that address three distinct migration groups that require different policy approaches:

  1. undocumented migrants; 
  2. labour migrants; 
  3. refugees/asylum seekers/newly arrived migrants.
The aim of these reports is to synthesize the evidence through a desk review of the scientific literature to inform both at the level of service delivery as well as policy-making. Each of these HEN reports will address the following policy question:

“Which policies and interventions work to improve reduction of inequalities in accessibility and quality of health care delivery for (1), (2), (3)? A review of the existing evidence in the European Region”.

The review should reflect the width of English literature available covering the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region with informative case studies.  

If interested, kindly submit your proposals to WHO/Europe (, by 7th December 2014. Following an initial review of all proposals, shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview to present in more detail their proposal. The work should be performed during the period of 1 January to 15 March 2015.