Migration and Health Webinar Five: Health care of pregnant migrant and refugee women and newborn children

WHO/Malin Bring

10 April 2018

On 10 April 2018, WHO/Europe will host the fifth in a series of webinars dedicated to addressing the timely and relevant topic of refugee and migrant health and well-being. The upcoming webinar will discuss the health and health care of pregnant migrant and refugee women and newborn children.

About the event

Migrants and refugees in Europe generally have poorer maternal health outcomes than native-born populations, and their needs are often unnoticed and unaddressed. Suboptimal access to or utilization of care related to pregnancy is one of the primary causes of morbidity and mortality among pregnant migrant women and newborns, and most deaths from such direct causes are preventable.

This webinar will focus on the promotion of maternal and newborn health in the context of growing migration flows and the increasing proportion of women among migrant and refugee populations. This is important for ensuring the rights and well-being of women and children, but is also integral for longer-term sustainable development.

The webinar will discuss:

  • the current epidemiological picture of maternal and newborn health, and discrepancies between migrant and native-born populations;
  • the specific health challenges faced by pregnant migrant and refugee women, their increased vulnerabilities and the barriers they face to achieving reproductive health;
  • how wider determinants such as gender-based violence, asylum procedures, health-seeking behaviours and uncertainty about legal status impact entitlement to, and utilization of, care; and
  • the tools and policies that have been implemented throughout the WHO European Region to address this challenge.


  • Birgitta Essén, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Ines Keygnaert, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Nino Berdzuli, WHO/Europe

Former WHO Head of Communications Christy Feig will moderate the webinar.

Webinar details

Date: Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Time: 12:15–14:00 CEST (live audience); 12:30–14:00 (web streaming)

Location: Auditorium 1, UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark (live audience)

Live stream: www.euro.who.int/KHHMWebinars

Lunch will be provided for in-house participants.

The webinar will also be available on the Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration website following the event.

Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration

This webinar is presented as part of the Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration. Launched in November 2016 in response to a need for a single institute devoted to migration and public health in the Region, it provides a scientific knowledge-sharing forum to improve capacity-building and inform policy-making in this context.

The webinar series is one of 5 key elements of the Knowledge Hub, alongside an annual summer school, policy dialogues, a knowledge library and high-level summits. The series is a collaborative effort under the Migration and Health Knowledge Management (MiHKMa) project, funded by the European Commission.