Refugee crisis: Commission grants €5.6 million to Health projects to support Member States’ actions

The Commission is supporting EU countries at the forefront of the refugee crisis with grants from the EU Health Programme totalling €5.6 million for four projects. The funds are meant to help addressing common health challenges in the most affected Member States. A grant to the International Office of Migration (IOM) will be used for testing a personal health record which aims to reconstruct the medical history of migrants and evaluate their health needs. Three additional projects – to be carried out by Médecins du Monde, regional authorities and academics – will receive grants to provide immediate support to Member States such as protocols and clinical guidelines, language and communication tools and capacity building, including training. The Health Programme is also supporting longer-term actions on refugees and migrants’ health and integration and more projects can be envisaged.