WHO/Europe organized a workshop to finalize the first toolkit addressing the health-system capacity to manage large and sudden influxes of migrants

Ordine dei Medici di Palermo

In the framework of the project Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME) of the WHO Regional Office for Europe a two-day technical workshop was held in Palermo, Sicily, on 19–20 February. The event was  organized with the support of the Health Regional Councillor of the Sicily region and the Sicilian Medical Association and brought together 15 technical experts from the health ministries of Greece, Italy, Malta and Portugal and WHO/Europe.

Strengthening countries' capacity to address the public health challenges of large migration

During the last 2 years, the WHO PHAME project members conducted several joint assessment missions with the health ministries of the Member States across the Mediterranean to strengthen capacity of their health systems to adequately manage the public health aspects of large migration. During these missions, the "Toolkit for assessing the health-system capacity to manage large and sudden influxes of migrants" was piloted.

The WHO Toolkit draws particular attention to the multisectoral nature of the field of migration and health, highlighting the need of the health authorities to closely collaborate with other governmental sectors and non-state actors in order to assess the public health impact of their policies and interventions during the acute phase.

The draft toolkit, adapting the WHO heath-system framework to the specific context of migration, is currently being finalized by WHO/Europe after receiving inputs from the Member States, who came to Palermo to discuss revision of this document, and will be soon made publicly available.