IOM medical trainings in Romania build capacities to address migrant, refugee health

Brasov, April 2019 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week carried out three days of migration health trainings for 33 Romanian professionals working on migrant and refugee health. The trainings, held in Brasov from 15-17 April, were intended to build the capacities of front line health professionals and law enforcement officers working at the local level with migrants and refugees.

‘’A strong partnership with the authorities at local level is key to ensuring a smooth and strong integration process for migrants and refugees,” said Mircea Mocanu, Head of IOM’s Office in Romania.

A central part of the training was aimed at improving access to adequate basic services such as healthcare for migrants and refugees.

“Access to the healthcare system is a vital element for the well-being of our beneficiaries, so working together with specialists from health and social assistance to provide them with key competences for safeguarding the specificity of the needs of migrants and refugees is a fundamental effort,” continued Mocanu.

Throughout the course, the needs, challenges and risks experienced by the migrant population were a central point in all the sessions. Mental health and provision of psychological first aid when working with vulnerable persons was the focus of the second day, while the last day comprised two parallel sessions focused on intercultural competencies in the field of health assistance.

This training also enabled sharing of good practices and experiences, together with the challenges and national migration health realities. Moreover, it was intended to support building a stronger network among the representatives of the institutions deal with migrants and refugees on a day by day basis.

The trainings were provided as part of the European Union (EU)-funded “TRAIN4M&H” project being conducted in multiple EU countries. It is being coordinated in Romania by IOM Romania’s Health Department Administrator, Marius Pop, who shared his vast experience in providing first line health assistance.

The TRAIN4M&H programme is part of the EU Action plan on the Integration of Third Country Nationals and is coordinated by GIZ International Services in collaboration with IOM, the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), École des hautes études en santé publique (EHESP), The Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP), the Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica e Malattie Infettive – Università Sapienza Roma and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

The programme is funded by the European Commission's Directorate General for Health (DG Santé) through the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea).

For more information please contact Diana Dragos at IOM Romania, Tel: +40 21 210 30 50, Email: