Name of the activity: Summer School Health & Migration

Country/NMO: Belgium (BeMSA)

Program: Ethics & Human Rights in Health

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Education. Education on health issues for specific societal groups, either in the form of projects (set of tasks for a certain group over a fixed period of time), events (something notable that happens) or conferences (form meeting about ideas related to a particular topic, usually over several days).

General description:

Worldwide, migration is an important topic within the actual

context of globalization. The Summer School ‘Health and Migration’ aims to play a leading role in bringing attention to this subject on an international level, which is heavily neglected in the current medical education and training.

Objectives:

• Further close collaboration and encourage the intercultural discussion and exchange

of information, with respect to other’s beliefs and grounds

• Emphasizing the relation between migration and health by clarifying the influence of

both migration on health and vice versa

• Promotion of an insufficiently covered but highly relevant subject within present

society

• Emphasizing the internationally recognized Universal Declaration of Human Rights

• Training in multidisciplinary consideration of health

• Create a social context in which both Belgian and foreign students are offered a chance

to discover Belgium and get to know each other in an informal way

Focus area:

Rights of patients, doctors and medical students

Problem statement:

In today’s world, we get confronted with globalization and raising

levels of migration. Such evolutions have an impact on the health of society, for the best or the worst. These form an extra challenge for health care workers. The attention for this subject on an international level is heavily neglected. Even though many people, mostly vulnerable people, are immigrants which require unique forms of medical assistance.

Target groups:

Medical students, Healthcare Students, Other Students, Doctors, Other health professionals

Beneficiaries:

General population, Doctors, Other health professionals, Migrants, Refugees

Objectives and indicators of success:

• Further close collaboration and encourage the intercultural discussion and exchange

of information, with respect to other’s beliefs and grounds

• Emphasizing the relation between migration and health by clarifying the influence of

both migration on health and vice versa

• Promotion of an insufficiently covered but highly relevant subject within present

society

• Emphasizing the internationally recognized Universal Declaration of Human Rights

• Training in multidisciplinary consideration of health

• Create a social context in which both Belgian and foreign students are offered a chance

to discover Belgium and get to know each other in an informal way

Methodology:

• By offering an easy accessible all-included experience in which an educational and

social program are included, as well as food and accommodation.

• By providing scientific based courses, brought by experts in their field of study. Most

relevant health concerns in relation to migration are highlighted in a structure of 5

themes throughout the Summer School.

• Students will participate actively by ‘blended learning’: resolve a case study, visit an

asylum centre, discussion in a world café, prepare and bring a short presentation

concerning a discussed subject and interactive classes.

• Create an informal atmosphere by means of a social program to boost interaction

between the international company of students. E.g.: visit to Bruges, International

Cooking Event, sports activities, eating together and more.

Plans for evaluation:

Evaluation: There is a permanent evaluation, which

requires constant active participation during the whole program. At the end of the

course the participants are required to give a short presentation of their case studies

which will be evaluated by a divers panel and the other participants.