Receiving and Taking Care. Training sessions for health professionals to promote health care and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers
The training sessions for health care, non-medical and police operators organised in the framework of the ERF/EU Project “MARE NOSTRUM Common approach to upgrade asylum facilities in Italy and Malta” was held on December 17th and 18th and on January 14th and 15th at the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers (CARA) of Contrada Salina Grande (Sicily).
The programme of the training sessions is available in Italian (PDF format), at the bottom of this page
About the project
The project Mare Nostrum is financed by the EU European Refugee Fund. The Italian Ministry of the Interiors is the main applicant of the project that sees the collaboration of the National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (NIHMP), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Maltese Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs. The objective of the NIHMP is to improve the health of the refugees and the asylum seekers hosted in Italian and Maltese reception centres. It intends to pursue its objective also through training sessions involving the different operators working for answering the social and health care needs of this population group.
The NIHMP, which has been committed for many years with the clinical, training and research activities connected with migration and poverty medicine, proposed training and information sessions for medical, civilian and police operators working in the reception centres for asylum seekers (CARA), and for the personnel of the territorial health care facilities, with the objective to enhance knowledge on migration and related social and health care problems.
Besides providing operators with information, the NIHMP intends to foster discussion and update on good practices in order to identify replicable working modalities and networking processes.
The issues of the training sessions were decided in collaboration with the institutions managing the CARA involved in the project. On the basis of the information gained, it was considered a useful solution to plan multidisciplinary training addressed to different professionals (doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, intercultural mediators, non medical operators and volunteers), also including policemen.
Two training sessions were held at the CARA of Crotone, Trapani, Caltanissetta and Bari in December 2010. The training will be repeated in various centres within April 2011, in order to reach all the operators involved in the assistance of refugees and asylum seekers.