Launch of the report “Chronic diseases and migration in Italy - Report on health behaviours, prevention and health inequities”

18 May 2015, Venice, Italy

The WHO/Europe project 'Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe' (PHAME) in collaboration with the University of Cà Foscari in Venice, Italy, and the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) have engaged into the production of scientific evidence on health behaviours among the migrant population in Italy. This collaboration led to the publication of the report "Malattie croniche e migranti in Italia. Rapporto sui comportamenti a rischio, prevenzione e diseguaglianze di salute" ("Chronic diseases and migrants in Italy. Report on health behaviours, prevention and health inequities").

The study uses data from the Italian Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System (PASSI). Using this system under the guidance of the ISS, the Italian local health units conducted more than 230,000 interviews to immigrants living in Italy about their health behaviours mainly with regards to tobacco and alcohol consumption, physical activity and nutrition. These data will be presented and discussed with the goal to stimulate discussion among key local, regional and national stakeholders in the country about the health status of migrants as well the programmes for the prevention of health risks among this population.

The participants will comprise experts from the Italian Ministry of Health, the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), the Italian Ministry of Interior, parliamentarians from the Italian Health Commission and Foreign Affairs Commission, regional and local health authorities and academia.