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A desk review on institutional and non-institutional organizations active in the field of migrant’s health in the WHO European Region


Background Migrants have problematic access to health-care; non-institutional organizations (NGOs), as well as institutional bodies may play a role facilitating their access to mainstream health care. Aim Our research reviews actions that address migrant’s need to understand how, where, and who participates to this effort. Method Data were from desk or web research, declaration from organisations and their websites, information from WHO Country offices.  Results 154 NGO were identified in the WHO EURO region. 58% were direct health care providers while the remaining provided either mediation services or belong to umbrella organization. 173 National Institutes (GOVs) were found; less than the 20% were directly or indirectly involved in health care, whereas the majority was involved in research, policy development, international relations and human rights. Conclusion and recommendation Some gaps and duplications were identified. WHO can play an overarching role in the exchange of expertise and harmonisation of the efforts in this field.


migrants; health care; access health care; NGOs; WHO European region

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