FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

WHO to assist Europe with health care for migrants

WHO helps Europe with health needs of migrants | Courtesy of awdnews.com
In response to the increasing numbers of migrants and refugees who are traveling to the European region, the World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed to provide medical assistance to the European Union.

The medical assistance includes training personnel at various points of entry in migration and public health matters, medical supplies, assessing E.U. and national preparedness to help people in need, and offering information materials.

"As refugee and migration movements escalate and the migratory routes change, more European countries face this challenge," Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO's regional director for Europe, said. "Today more than ever, this situation calls for a regional, comprehensive and systematic public health response. As refugees and migrants move, intercountry coordination must be strengthened across the European region, as well as with the countries of origin and transit."

The 65th session of the Regional Committee for Europe held a meeting in Lithuania in which the officials urged ongoing involvement from WHO to help the E.U. provide adequate public health support for the influx of migrants and refugees.

"Our efforts must now focus on public health measures, including immunization for vaccine-preventable diseases when needed, emergency care for injuries, access to care during pregnancy and childbirth, children's access to medical care in case of fever or childhood diseases, medication and care for those who have chronic conditions, as well as psychosocial care," Jakab, said.

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