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Refugees and migrants in Serbia now have access to the same quality health care as the host population, officials say

The comments were made at a presentation in Belgrade and showed the achievements of the Serbian health system in improving services for migrants and refugees with the support of the European Union.

The “Report on the Health of Refugees and Migrants in the WHO European Region” was cited as evidence that the challenges of travel and integration make refugees and migrants more ill than local populations.

The meeting also concluded that once the immediate health needs of refugees and migrants are met, the ability of health professionals to provide culturally sensitive health promotion and prevention services needs to be strengthened.

In Serbia the first steps have been taken to achieve this:

  • Health promotion materials in 6 languages
  • Community workshops attended by 853 migrants and refugees
  • Training in stress management and cultural sensitivity for 350 health professionals

Subsequent workshops and training courses will continue to be organized by the Serbian Ministry of Health.

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