Wonca Policy Bite: Migration & refugee health – new challenges

The recent situation of rapid and unplanned migration in Europe has raised my awareness of a situation which many other regions have already experienced. The WONCA Europe conference saw the launch of the ‘Istanbul statement’ on refugee health, and much discussion both within workshops and plenaries about the needs and challenges for family doctors. The very active special interest group (SIG) on migrant care hosted two workshops on refugee and migrant child health, and Prof Jan de Maeseneer in his plenary challenged WONCA to add to these initiatives with policy and evidence on good practice. Another group launched at WONCA Europe was the ‘WONCA SIG on Conflict and Catastrophe medicine’, whose remit also relates to this area….more

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