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The Association National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) wins 2nd Prize of the third edition of the EU Health Award
29.11.2017
The third edition of the EU Health Award, in which rewards were given to NGOs for their outstanding initiatives in promoting vaccination within the European Union, the Association National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) has won the 2nd prize for its imitative ‘Vaccine Prophylaxis Through Health Mediation In Roma Community’.
Health Mediation models in the EU: Examples of good practices
28.02.2017 IOM
Health Mediation models in the EU: Examples of good practices published online
Guide for intercultural mediation in health care
28.02.2017 IOM
The Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment in Belgium has published the ‘Guide for Intercultural Mediation in Health Care’, a guideline for good practices in intercultural mediation.
Training on Migration Health for Cultural Mediators held on 5-7 December 2016 in Athens, Greece
15.12.2016
Upon request by Médecins sans Frontiers Greece and following the previously organized trainings for cultural mediators in Ljubljana and Rome in September 2016, IOM MHD RO Brussels held a 3-days training course on Migration Health for Cultural Mediators on 5-7 December 2016 in Athens, Greece.

The training had the objective to impart cultural mediators working with migrants with the necessary knowledge needed concerning migrant-related health care and cultural mediation. The sessions aimed at exploring the role and importance of a cultural mediator in facilitating the communication and understanding between diverse individuals and communities in Greece.
X National Meeting “Initiative for Health and Vaccination”
09.12.2016 NNHM, Bulgaria
On 8 December 2016 the X National Meeting “Initiative for Health and Vaccination” took place in Sofia. The project “Initiative for Health and vaccination” is implemented under the patronage of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and the Council of Ministers (National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues). The Initiative partners include the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, State Agency for Child Protection, the National Association of GPs in Bulgaria, "National Network of the mediators in Bulgaria" and GlaxoSmithKline.

The Initiative began in March 2010, regarding the epidemiological situation with the measles outbreak in Bulgaria that affected mainly the hard to reach communities in Bulgaria due to gaps in their immunization coverage. For 12 months there are more than 24,000 registered cases and 24 deaths. 92% of the reported cases of infection are in the Roma population. During 2010 and 2011 four national and eighteen regional meetings were organized to explain the role of the Initiative and to educate the Health mediators, the GPs and the RHIs (Regional Health Inspectorates are part of the Ministry of health’s structures on regional level).
 
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Within the framework of the IOM/EC/DG SANTE Equi-Health project (Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma and other vulnerable groups), and the IOM/EC/DG SANTE Re-Health project (Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges), co-financed under the 2012 work plan of the second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013) and under the amended EU Third Health Programme (2014-2020) respectively, IOM initiated a Regional cooperation on health mediation in close partnership with governments, academia and CSOs creating a unique multi-stakeholder platform to work together on the topic of migrants/refugees and Roma health mediation.

Jointly with the Federal Public Service Health (Belgium), the National Network of Health Mediators (Bulgaria), the National Institute for Public Health (Romania), CESPYD University of Seville and the Catalonian Public Health Agency (Spain), and the Association pour l'Accueil des Voyageurs (France), IOM piloted a collaborative initiative consisting of study visits, workshops and setting-up of an e-platform with the participation of health mediators and programme coordinators from Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine and FYROM. Four study visits (Bulgaria, Belgium/France, Romania and Spain) in the period 2014-2016, organized with the active participation of all partners provided an opportunity to more than 100 participants to exchange information on national models of health mediation, learn from each other’s experiences and lay the basis of a regional network of health mediation programmes.

In addition, under the Re-health project, IOM continued a collaborative initiative, in coordination with national partners, with the implementation and organization of trainings on Migration Health for Cultural Mediators, with the objective to impart cultural mediators working with migrants with the necessary knowledge needed concerning migrant-related health care and cultural mediation.

The aim of this European network is to work towards improving health service provision to vulnerable groups via strengthening the position of the health mediator in the European healthcare system and advocating for more inclusive and equitable service delivery.


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