Evidence-based guidance for the prevention of infectious diseases among newly arrived migrants in the EU/EEA

Event
12 Nov 2015 - 13 Nov 2015
ECDC, Stockholm
ECDC

​This was the first meeting of the advisory group for evidence-based guidance for the prevention of infectious diseases among newly arrived migrants in the EU/EEA.

Objectives of this meeting were:

  • to provide an overview as to why public health guidance among newly arrived migrants is needed in the EU/EEA;
  • to allow participants to share experiences on the prevention of infectious diseases among newly arrived migrants;
  • to ensure any guidance published by ECDC will meet the expectations of experts in EU/EEA Member States;
  • to seek feedback from Member States on the proposed methods for developing evidence-based guidance.

 

Among other things discussed at the meeting were the priorities for the European Commission and the WHO Regional Office for Europe in relation to migrant health.

Meeting Summary

Participants at the meeting highlighted that migrants do not pose a health threat to citizens and residents of the EU/EEA. It concluded that prevention and assessment of infectious disease among newly arrived migrants is essential to address the health needs of migrants themselves.

It was discussed at the meeting that there is a need for Europe-wide evidence based guidance on prevention and assessment of infectious diseases among migrants, both to ensure a consistent approach across the EU and to support Member States that currently do not have guidance.

Evidence-based guidance to be used by policy makers, public health experts and practitioners working with newly arrived migrants who require health care was agreed to be produced by ECDC. The guidance will be designed to offer advice on what conditions should or should not be assessed, and would assist countries in the setting of priorities to make the best use of available resources.

A particular highlight of the meeting was the need to address the immediate health care needs of these migrants, in particular in relation to some of the most common health problems being seen: respiratory infections, skin infections and gastroenteritis, among others.

The full meeting report is available upon request. To receive it, please email Teymur.noori@ecdc.europa.eu