Providing Tuberculosis Services to Migrants in Europe
May 21st 2021 12:00-13:30 CEST
TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) and The Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health (REG) are coordinating a series of 3 webinars on TB and migrant health. The webinars will address the barriers migrants face when accessing TB and healthcare services across the WHO Europe region and the challenges for service delivery. The first webinar focused on TB and migrant health within the Eastern European and Central Asian (EECA) context, the second focused on a Western European and EU Member State context, and the third webinar will be a panel discussion focused on service delivery.
Migrants often face many challenges and barriers to accessing adequate healthcare services, including TB and HIV services, across Europe and Central Asia. Some countries in the WHO Europe Region do not provide TB services to people without documentation proving their legal status in the country, this often includes migrants, particularly irregular migrants.
This violates the rights of people with TB, including their rights to privacy, equality, and non-discrimination. The WHO supports policies to provide TB as well as HIV testing, prevention, and treatment services irrespective of legal status. Ensuring access to suitable TB services and appropriate treatment can prevent disease transmission, thereby protecting the host countries’ population, as well as reducing the threat of cross-border transmission.
It is, therefore, important that CSOs and affected migrant communities are engaged in decision-making processes to advocate against deportation policies until intensive TB treatment has been concluded. Healthcare services for migrants infected by TB, HIV, and hepatitis should also ensure that they have adequate access to services irrespective of their registration status.
Healthcare systems must enhance TB prevention and care so that all migrants have full, uninterrupted access to a hospitable environment and when needed, to high-quality health care without discrimination on the basis of one’s legal status, race, gender, nationality, or religion.
This webinar will present the opportunity for a panel discussion with TB survivors and service providers who work with migrants within the WHO Euro region. This webinar is part of European Public Health Week (EUPHW). To find out more about EUPHW click here.
The webinar will take place in Russian and English, with simultaneous translation.
Moderator: Paul Sommerfeld, TBEC Chair
- Stepan Koisa, Coordinator of Early Detection of TB Among Risk Groups, Way to Home Foundation, Odessa, Ukraine
- Dilmurad Juraev, TB survivor and former labor migrant in Russia, and Social Worker, Plus Community-based Centre, Osh, Kyrgyzstan
- Dr Anne-Marthe Grislingås, National Arrival Center, Råde Kommune, Norway
- Prof. Zeki Kılıçaslan, Immigrant Health Counselling Network, and Social Support, Istanbul TB Foundation