Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health

Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Carla Rojas Paz (Migration Data Editor, IOM’s GMDAC) participated in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Europe Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health, in Çeşme, Turkey from 15–19 July 2019.

GMDAC presented on migration data sources in the context of health, associated challenges in collection migration data and ideas for improving data and its collection. Data collection on migrant health has so far focused on communicable diseases. This means that data collection, along with assessments of the impacts of other health determinants, are sometimes neglected.

Most participants were already well versed on sources of health data and information but benefited from learning about new data sources that include variables that indicate migratory status, which can be used to measure migrant health outcomes. Basic sources of migration data can be used to add contextual information or to help in analysis, for example, researchers of dementia in older migrants might benefit from looking at international migrant stock data disaggregated by sex, age and country of origins.

The event was attended by 80 representatives of health sector government officials, policymakers, public health experts, journalists, and representatives from international organizations, NGOs and the academic community.

The third World Health Organisation Summer School was organised with the support from the Turkish Ministry of Health, in collaboration with IOM and the European Public Health Association.