Migration and health

Currently, approximately 10% of the population of the WHO European Region is estimated to be migrants. Migration is a growing phenomenon, influencing the health and development of both migrant and host communities. Political and social structures need to respond to the challenges of population movement, specifically by focusing on attaining universal health coverage using the building blocks of health systems.

Migration and health in the European Region

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Aref Bandary: a doctor, cultural mediator and migrant leading the COVID-19 response in refugee centres in Serbia

“Perhaps one of the most important steps that we took in our response to COVID-19 has been engaging refugees and migrants inside the centres across the country,” says Aref Bandary, a doctor and cultural mediator originally from Iran working in the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM) in Belgrade, Serbia.

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The right to health

The right to health is laid out in the Constitution of WHO (1946), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966).

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