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INVITATION TO THE PRESS 8 of December / Public hearing : “Preventing undocumented pregnant women and children from accessing healthcare : Fostering health inequalities in Europe”

Pressmeddelande   •   Nov 23, 2010 16:27 CET

Whereas European institutions reinforce the policies aiming to reduce health inequalities and the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian presidencies initiate a strategy to fight against child poverty, Médecins du Monde/ HUMA and its European partners are happy to invite you to the Public Hearing on

8 December 2010, 16.00-18.00 

European Parliament, Brussels - Room ASP A3G2

The hearing, hosted by several political groups and carried out in partnership with MDM, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), the European Women's Lobby (EWL) and the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), will bring together experts from EU institutions and civil society to discuss the main barriers faced by undocumented migrants to accessing health care in Europe, with a special focus on undocumented women and children.

This seminar aims to feed into the debate about health inequalities the situation faced by particularly vulnerable groups; and to explore the potential of EU policies in the fields of public health, social inclusion and children’s rights to tackle the situation faced by undocumented migrants.

Médecins du Monde and the HUMA network see on their programmes that, due to their irregular migration status, undocumented migrants in Europe suffer disproportionate levels of poverty, exploitation, poor health and gender-related violence. As a means of fighting irregular migration, many member states have resorted to placing severe restrictions on the fundamental rights - namely the right to health - of their most vulnerable group of migrants. The legislative and practical barriers facing undocumented migrants in accessing these rights drive them into a situation of destitution : Not only are these policies grossly ineffective in their aim to curb irregular migration, but they also pose a significant threat to public health strategies and to a cost-effective use of the public resources.

For Médecins du Monde and the HUMA network, access to health care for undocumented migrants and in particular for children and pregnant women, is a vital concern in terms of fundamental rights but also in terms of public health. 

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish.  

The deadline for registration is 25th November 2010.

Press contact: Médecins du Monde Belgique: Noëlle Rodembourg – 00 32 264 86 999   

noelle.rodembourg@MedecinsduMonde.be

Participation is subject to prior registrationIf you don't have an access badge to enter the European Parliament, please provide us your name, first name, date of birth and place of residence.

Läkare i världen är den svenska grenen av Médecins du Monde - en religiöst och partipolitiskt obunden humanitär hjälporganisation. Vi arbetar med att förbättra marginaliserade gruppers tillgång till hälso- och sjukvård.

Läkare i världen baserar sitt arbete på FN:s internationella konventioner om mänskliga rättigheter, som Sverige har ratificerat, vilka slår fast vid att alla människor är lika i värde och rättigheter. I dessa konventioner ingår även rätten till hälsa som en fundamental rättighet för varje enskild individ.

I de flesta EU-länder är tillgången till vård för utländska och utomeuropeiska medborgare (framför allt papperslösa) betydligt mer restriktiv än för ländernas egna medborgare. I vissa länder har utländska medborgare endast tillgång till akut sjukvård. I den verkligheten har nätverket HUMA formats, som är en förkortning av Health for Undocumented Migrants and Asylum seekers där Médecins du Monde Europeiska kontor utgör en stor del av medlemsorgansiationerna.

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