Works of 3rd edition of summer school on migration start | Tunisia News Gazette

Works of 3rd edition of summer school on migration start

The works of the third edition of the summer school on migration began Monday at the headquarters of the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO) in Tunis.

Under the theme “Migration and Health in Tunisia” and organised at the initiative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the National Institute of Labour and Social Studies (INTES), the summer school will continue until Saturday September 16.

Its objective is to exchange and produce scientific knowledge for researchers and public authorities on migration and health issues through the participation of 50 national and international experts.

“This work will help the public authorities in developing effective policies for dealing with migration-related issues,” said INTES Director-General Abdessatar Mouelhi.

He pointed out that “among the issues addressed in this edition are access to care for migrants in Tunisia, the development of a preventive and curative public health policy against national and transnational epidemics in addition to support for cooperation between authorities and civil society in the care of migrants “.

Mr. Mouelhi also announced the creation of a Master of Research on International Migration at INTES during the academic year 2018/2019.

In this context, Hanen Belgacem, IOM consultant in charge of regional project “health and well-being among migrants”, indicated that this school is part of the regional project “Health Promotion and Well-being Being Migrants “launched in five countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Morocco) and aims to promote health among migrants in host countries in order to guarantee equality in access to care.

Financed in Tunisia by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a total of 477,220 Euros, the regional project “Health and Welfare of migrants in Tunisia” has enabled migrants with AIDS to benefit, like national patients, from medicines “said Mrs. Belgacem, noting that the Ministry of Health is involved in this project in addition to representatives of the Ministry of Social Affairs and civil society components.

“About 300 migrants have benefited from the health and well-being project since March 2016,” she added.

In her speech, IOM Head of Mission Lorena Lando stressed the importance of this summer school in developing common reflection, including public authorities and civil society, access to health for the migrant in Tunisia.

Organised in partnership with INTES, IOM, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Summer School on Migration is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise on issues related to migration.

Launched in 2015, the first edition of the summer school revolved around methods of research on the topic of migration. The second edition focused on the theme of migration and local development.

Source: TAP News Agency

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