Addressing migration health with attention to vulnerable individuals is an indispensable part of the integration of migrants and refugees in the Member State Health Systems and in society as a whole.
“Re-Health2 – Implementation of the Personal Health Record as a tool for integration of migrants and refugees in EU health systems” is an IOM MHD -EC DG SANTE (Directorate General for Health and Food Safety) action in the programmatic area of health promotion and assistance for migrants. It falls under the work of the Migration Health Division and, thus, aims at advocating and assisting Member-States in providing access to healthcare and promote evidence-based migration health policies. Overall, Re-Health2 activities facilitate the strengthening of migrant and refugee-friendly and inclusive health systems.
Re-Health was launched in February 2016 and was created in order to promote health assessments and continuity of care for migrants by preserving an updated electronic personal health record (e-PHR and ensuring continuity of care. The action Re-Health was developed further to evidence gathered within the previous IOM MHD-DG SANTE action: Equi-Health. So far over 6500 e-PHR have been performed in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia, within Re-Health2 e-PHR implementation sites have been added in Cyprus.
Based on the National Action Plan for Cyprus developed by IOM Cyprus in collaboration with National Authorities (Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior), three groups will benefit from the use of e-PHR:
- Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who either reside in Kofinou Reception and Accommodation Centre for Applications for International Protection, Kokkinotrimitihia Temporary Open Reception Centre, or visitors of Health Centres in Nicosia, Kofinou, Larnaca/ Famagusta, Limassol and Paphos.
- Health Professionals working with Migrants
- Health Mediators provided by IOM in close coordination with National Authorities.
For more information on the Re-Health2 Project visit http://re-health.eea.iom.int