New collaboration on migrant health with University of Pécs, Hungary

University of Pécs

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe and Attila Miseta, Dean of the University of Pécs Medical School, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 10 November 2014, establishing closer collaboration between WHO/Europe and the University on migrant health issues.

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, visited the University of Pécs on 10 November to publically announce closer collaboration between WHO/Europe and the University on the WHO Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME) project. The Regional Director particularly thanked Professor István Szilárd, Chief Scientific Adviser of the University of Pécs Medical School, for his continued commitment and collaboration.
The Regional Director also delivered a keynote presentation at a Janos Szentágothai scientific conference, and met with Dr Jozsef Bódis, Rector of the University of Pécs, and Dr Attila Miseta, Dean of the Medical School. The Regional Director signed a memorandum of understanding with Dr Miseta, establishing closer collaboration between WHO/Europe and the University on migrant health.

The University of Pécs is an outstanding centre of training and research in the field of health and migration. The new memorandum of understanding sets out cooperation between WHO/Europe and the University of Pécs in the following areas:

  • developing joint, coordinated programmes for health research and training on migration and health;
  • developing and maintaining a database on the topic;
  • maintaining WHO/Europe’s PHAME newsletter; and
  • developing background materials for policy-makers on migration-related aspects of public and occupational health.

Pécs Declaration on Healthy Ageing of Roma Communities adopted

The Regional Director also introduced the Pécs Declaration: the result of a European expert symposium organized by the University of Pécs Medical School with WHO/Europe and held on 27–29 October. The Declaration covers essential measures to support healthy ageing of Roma communities using a health-in-all-policies approach to tackling health inequities.