189951 Migration and public health: From public health safety to health promotion

Monday, October 27, 2008: 11:10 AM

Andrew Fraser, MD, FFPH , Director of Health and Care, Scottish Prison Service, Edinburgh, Scotland
A highly mobile world has raised considerable anxiety concerning the risk of spread of communicable diseases. The re-emergence of TB and especially in its drug resistant forms, the pandemic of HIV/AIDS and public alarm from new threats such as SARS and influenza underline the vulnerability of countries faced with immigration pressures. This presentation will summarise what is known about the health status of migrants in Europe. It will indicate the steps recently taken by the EU and by public health associations: the improvement in ‘Eurosurveillance' by the establishment by the EU of its Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm and the launch at the end of 2007 of MEHO, a system for monitoring the health status of migrants and ethnic minorities within Europe. The latter was initiated by the European Association of Public Health. These developments will add to the knowledge gained by screening to allow Europe to plan better policies for migrant's health. Some countries are already moving from control-based approaches to one of more inclusion and of health promotion. The presentation will conclude by considering the role of public health in developing fairer health policies for migrants and ethnic minorities.

Learning Objectives:
1. See the health gains from a public health and human rights based approach to migration and health 2. Understand better one aspect of a ‘public health without borders’ global movement.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: coming soon.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.