Infectious diseases & migration reports ECDC

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has opened a series of reports on the health of migrants. The background note “ECDC Report on migration and infectious diseases in the EU” provides a summary of issues related to migration and health, including factors that increase the risk of infectious diseases and limitations of available data on TB, HIV, hepatitis and vaccine preventable diseases in children. The paper considers possible areas for future public health research and interventions: infectious disease surveillance and monitoring, prevention and control programmes and healthcare services. Conclusions suggest that the risk of infectious disease spread from migrant to host communities in EU countries is low.

Paulo Jorge Vieira, AIDS & Mobility Young Social
Entrepreneur 2009

In 2009 Paulo Vieira (from Lisbon, Portugal) was distinguished as the first a&m Young Social Entrepreneur. At the age of 17 Paulo started working at the community level as a volunteer, promoting campaigns with the main objective of raising HIV/AIDS awareness among the migrant community, training new volunteers and collaborating in the design and conception of innovative resources. The award has resulted in a growing interest and discussion on issues around social entrepreneurship. After being awarded Paulo was invited to share his experience in different events, on the TV, radio and in different newspapers and to training new community educators with migrant background and help them to develop their strategic plans for future actions. “In my eyes youth participation has an added value in the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially among migrant communities living in Europe. It is important to bring about more awareness among key stakeholders and the general public.”

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