Implementing migrant care initiatives, beyond language and cultural barriers

On 26-27 March 2015 the University of Limerick hosted  a two-day conference to present the findings of the RESTORE project (REsearch into implementation STrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings), funded by the European Commission and composed of researchers from eight universities across Europe. The workshops and seminars covered the areas of cultural competence, implementation research and access to health care. 

Furthermore, the last session of the conference was devoted to the challenge of taking forward the conclusions and recommendations of the RESTORE project to advance policy for the health of migrants. The Council of Europe, the project 'Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe' of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and the International Organization for Migration participated in this session.

Cross-cultural communication, a requisite for good-quality migrant-sensitive care

In an increasingly diverse Europe, the growing number of languages spoken is posing difficulties for the adequate provision of health care. The lack of interpretation services and absence of cultural mediation across European countries affect particularly to migrant minorities. Health-system effectiveness to cover the needs of all will largely depend on their capacity to be flexible and adapt to the changing population and therefore, to the different health needs. 

The RESTORE team has conducted in-depth research about and with migrants, and piloted community-based interventions to address this gap. The results of their work were presented at the RESTORE Conference.