The migration experience can influence the health status of refugees and migrants and their needs, as it may involve poor transit conditions, restrictive entry and integration policies, exclusion, and acculturation stress.
Addressing the needs of these populations with well-functioning health systems and public health services responds to their human right to health, protects the health of both migrants and host communities, and contributes to integration and social and economic development, as these populations contribute to the society they live in especially when in good health.
To help countries and territories build competency on public health aspects of migration and support the development and dissemination of knowledge and information concerning health and migration issues, the WHO Health and Migration Programme (PHM) organizes yearly the Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health, in collaboration with WHO Regional and Country offices. The Global School promotes evidence-informed and best practice interventions important to adapting health systems to the health needs and rights of refugees and migrants worldwide, and, by doing so, contributes to advancing the WHO Global Action Plan ‘Promoting the health of refugees and migrants 2019-2023’ that the PHM seeks to implement.
This year, the Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health will be held online from 25 to 29 October 2021 with the theme “Sharing country experiences on health and migration”. It will be an e-learning event, hosted by and web-streamed from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The event will feature high-level keynote speeches, keynote lectures from international experts, presentations of relevant research studies, interactive Q&A sessions, and live panel discussions, as well as a series of reportage from different settings presenting the state of the health challenges for refugees and migrants and the responses on the ground. The series of reportage - one of the peculiarities of this second edition of the Global School - will also present the stories of refugees and migrants, and of the front-line health workers who receive first-hand information regarding the main issues encountered in refugees and migrant health-care delivery.
The School will feature five modules delivered over five consecutive days from Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October 2021 every day from 2 PM to 3.30 PM Geneva time (time zone adjuster). Each module will be dedicated to one specific thematic area as follows:
- Day 1: Refugee- and migrant-sensitive health systems - Video recording
- Day 2: Public health and migration during COVID-19 pandemic - Video recording
- Day 3: Public health aspects of mental health among refugees and migrants - Video recording
- Day 4: Health promotion to improve the health and well-being of refugees and migrants - Video recording
- Day 5: Financing health care for refugees and migrants - Video recording
The presentations given by the speakers, as well as a booklet with detailed agenda of the School and speakers' biographies are available in the documents section of this page.
The School is open to everyone, with the main target audience of policy-makers, health sector managers and officers working at different levels within ministries in charge of the health, interior, labour, social affairs, foreign affairs, and education. The School aims to reach a diverse audience because addressing the health of refugees and migrants requires coordination and joint intersectoral action by multiple actors.
Researchers, academia, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and journalists are also welcome to join as the School is also an opportunity to reflect on the need for accurate global data for evidence-informed migrant health policies.
Watch the webinar recordings at WHO Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health