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WHO CC Capacity building

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WHO CC - Capacity Building

Alongside the fundamental issue of building evidence, the collaboration between INMP and the WHO/Europe also focuses on capacity building.

In this respect, on the basis of a WHO request, INMP conducted a capacity building action towards the Serbian government, through a two-day meeting in Rome (May 2018) with the representatives of Serbian institutions. Topics related to the health of immigrants were discussed, with particular reference to the Italian national guidelines on border checks (produced by INMP, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health and the Italian Society of Migration Medicine, and approved by the State-Regions Conference).

Moreover, following the large influx of refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina during 2018, INMP was asked by the WHO to conduct a two-day workshop in Sarajevo, with the representatives of the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The workshop, held in February 2019, had the goal of elaborating, on the basis of qualified and quantified needs, a policy framework to fill the gap - identified in the legal, financial, organizational and personnel context - for the full implementation of the Italian guidelines on border checks, as adapted to the local situation.

The meeting resulted in a Country Assessment table, developed by INMP and the Bosnia and Herzegovina government representatives in a cooperative way, offering instructions for the analysis and the overcoming of the barriers for the implementation of the evidence based recommendation contained in the Italian guidelines in the Bosnia and Herzegovina reception system for migrants.

These capacity building activities are prodromal for the production of a WHO guidance document on border health checks for Refugees and Migrants in the European Region that will suggest how to implement the recommendations in the main national health systems and Refugees and Migrants reception system scenarios over the whole WHO European region. The guidance will be developed by INMP in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe.