Symposium Health of People on the Move

NVTG symposium 2016

On Friday the 28th of October 2016 the yearly NVTG symposium will be held in Amsterdam.

Title: Health of People on the Move; access to health for refugees en route and in The Netherlands

Location: De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam
Organisers: Netherlands Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Rutgers, Uniting Streams (US), Tropical Doctors in Training (TROIE)

Background and aim
War and conflict forces people to leave their country of origin behind and take the road to safe places. According to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) over a million refugees fled war and insecurity in 2015 and arrived in Europe. Migration routes expose them to mental and physical health risks, as health services are overburdened or otherwise incapable of responding to the needs of refugees. The symposium HEALTH OF PEOPLE ON THE MOVE focuses on the health problems people present during their travels and upon arrival in the Netherlands. In particular, themes such as coping with trauma and mental health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, health seeking behaviour, and health systems responses in the countries of origin, en route, and in the Netherlands will be addressed.

This symposium has been accreditated by the NVTG with 6 points.

At the closure of the symposium day, all participants acclaimed a statement with four points of action to be taken by the Dutch Governement and the field.