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ITM-CeMIS Seminar "Migration and Health"

ITM and the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies of the University of Antwerp jointly organise an interdisciplinary seminar

23 Apr 201914:00 - 17:00

Migration is an increasing global public health priority associated with considerable health
impacts. Migrant and ethnic minorities experience a range of diverse health needs influenced
by their legal and socio-economic situation, which may challenge health systems, policies and
practices in receiving countries.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) and the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies
(CeMIS) of the University of Antwerp jointly organise an interdisciplinary seminar for academia, service providers, and policy-makers to reflect on current research gaps, future research needs, priorities and obstacles. The aim of the seminar is to bring in your perspective and reflect on future research initiatives.

Tentative programme

  1. Lived experiences: testimonies by recently arrived migrants in Belgium: what are their health needs and experiences with health care systems? Moderated by Dr C Ddungu, prevention worker, HIV-SAM project (HIV prevention and sexual health promotion for sub-Saharan African migrants in Flanders, ITM).
  2. Critical overview on the organization of healthcare for migrants, health policies, and related research in Belgium (Dr M Dauvrin, Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre)
  3. Research on risks and vulnerability among sub-Saharan African migrants living in Europe linked to mobility (Dr C Nöstlinger, ITM)
  4. Barriers to HIV care for undocumented migrants? Experiences from the HIV/STI clinic at ITM (E Delporte and Dr I Kint)
  5. In a concluding panel discussion, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss (unmet) health needs of migrants and ethnic minorities in Belgium and the possible role of ITM and other stakeholders in increasing the evidence-base and improving services.

This exploratory seminar is a starting point for more exchange, networking and follow-up on selected migration-related themes, such as mental health, poverty and social exclusion.

Registration | Please register before 15 April.
Date | 23 April 2019 14:00 – 17:00pm
Venue | Aula Janssens, Campus Rochus, Sint-Rochusstraat 43, 2000 Antwerpen

  Contact information

Christiane Nöstlinger
Guido Vanham