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Addressing Viral Hepatitis Among Europe’s Migrant and Refugee Population: lessons learnt and the way forward (Technical meeting, March 2024)

VHPB Technical meeting: Addressing Viral Hepatitis Among Europe’s Migrant and Refugee Population: lessons learnt and the way forward

Antwerp (Belgium)

26-27 March 2024

 

LIST OF LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THIS ACTIVITY 

    • Provide an overview of the available information concerning viral hepatitis among migrants and refugees in Europe, highlighting areas of concern and the associated public health threat. 

    • Examine efforts aimed at enhancing healthcare access for migrants and refugees, with a particular focus on viral hepatitis prevention, vaccination, screening, diagnosis and treatment. 

    • Evaluate the potential benefits and challenges of implementing guidelines for testing, treatment, and vaccination of migrants across Europe. 

    • Explore potential collaborations among the different stakeholders to enhance viral hepatitis prevention and control efforts among migrants and refugees. 

    • Lessons learnt from project and initiatives focusing on prevention and control of viral hepatitis in migrants 

    • Discuss the relation to the WHO elimination goals outlined in the new WHO Global Health Sector Strategies for 2022-2030. 

    • Discuss achievements, challenges and the way forward.   

Background document (693kb, Pdf)

TUESDAY 26 MARCH 2024 – PART 1

INTRODUCTION

Chairs: Pierre Van Damme & Greet Hendrickx
09:00-09:40  Welcome by Herman Van Goethem (Rector of the University of Antwerp, Belgium)  Meeting kickoffOpening presentation, incl. introduction VHPB & meeting objectives Introduction of the participants  

SESSION 1.1: SETTING THE SCENE – MIGRATION AND VIRAL HEPATITIS IN EUROPE

09:40-10:00  Migration in Europe and access to health services for migrants (ONLINE) (pdf, 0.863Mb)Jozef Bartovic (WHO Euro)   
10:00-10:20  The Forgotten people: Hepatitis B virus infection as a priority for the inclusion health agenda (pdf, 23.421Mb)Philippa Matthews (University College London, UK)  
10:20-10:30  Q&A

COFFEE BREAK 10:30-11:00

SESSION 1.2: HEPATITIS SCREENING AND BURDEN OF DISEASE IN EUROPEAN MIGRANTS

Chairs: Sema Mandal & Stéphane Chevaliez
11:00-11:15  Hepatitis B and C virus infection and screening among migrants in EU/EEA countries. (pdf, 2.305Mb)Ndeindo Ngrango Ndeikoundam (ECDC)  
11:15-11:30  Point-of-care testing for hepatitis B and C in migrants in diverse community centres. (pdf, 4.33Mb)Elisa Martró (Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital and Research Institute (IGTP), Spain)  
11:30-11:45  Hepatitis A outbreak in a refugee shelter in Kiel, northern GermanyAnne Marcic (Public Health Department Kiel, Germany) (pdf, 1.187Mb)Jürgen Wenzel (University Medical Center Regensburg, Germany) (pdf, 2.251Mb) 
11:45-12:00   Value of community-based viral hepatitis strategies among migrants in Europe (VH-COMSAVAC) (pdf, 1.167Mb)Melissa D’Agostino (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy)  
12:00-12:15   HEPARJOC: an educational tool to promote early hepatitis screening in migrants in Barcelona (pdf, 11.107Mb)Jordi Gómez I Prat (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Spain)   
12:15-12:30  Developing a well-accepted study design for people born outside Germany – the HepMig Pilot, GermanySandra Dudareva (Robert Koch Institute, Germany)  
12:30-12:50  Q&A

LUNCH BREAK 12:50-13:50

SESSION 1.3: LINKAGE TO CARE, ACCESS TO TREATMENT AND HEALTH INEQUALITIES

Chairs: Camila Picchio & Rania Tohme
13:50-14:10 Health inequalities in the management of chronic hepatitis B virus infection in patients from sub-Saharan Africa in high-income countries. (pdf, 1.739Mb)Geoffrey Dusheiko (King’s College Hospital, UK)  
14:10-14:30 Optimisation of linkage to care for hepatitis B/C infected ethnic minorities in Belgium. (pdf, 1.864Mb)Thomas Vanwolleghem, (UZA/UA, Belgium)  
14:30-14:50 A Model to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis Infection in Migrants: A Prospective, Multicenter Study in Southern Italy (ONLINE) (pdf, 3.083Mb)Mariantoinetta Pisaturo (University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy)  
14:50-15:10 Viral hepatitis control in Ukrainian refugees in Poland (pdf, 1.724Mb)Robert Flisiak (Medical University of Bialystok, Poland)  
15:10-15:30 Joint statement EASL, WHO Euro and ECDC: Ensuring high-quality viral hepatitis care for refugees from Ukraine. (pdf, 1.33Mb)Maria Buti (EASL)
15:30-15:40  Q&A

COFFEE break 15:40-16:10

SESSION 1.4: POINT OF VIEW OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTING MIGRANT HEALTH

Chairs: Thomas Vanwolleghem & Sandra Dudareva
16:10-17:00 Panel discussionECDC – Ndeindo Ngrango Ndeikoundam WHO HQ – Antons Mozalevskis WHO Euro – Marcelo Naveira European Coalition for Migrants and Refugees – Suad Mohamed Médecins Du Monde – Ernst Wisse Doctors Without Borders – Jean-Paul MangionIOM – Cristina Profili International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD) – Manuel Carballo (ONLINE)

SESSION 1.5: PREVENTION

17:00-17:20 From AcToVax4NAM: General conceptual framework for understanding how to improve vaccination coverage among newly arrived migrants. (pdf, 4.212Mb)Silvia Declich (ISS, Italy)  
17:20-17:40 Trends of acute hepatitis in migrants in Italy and potential impact of vaccinations. (pdf, 1.375Mb)Maria Elena Tosti (ISS, Italy)  
17:40-18:10 Vaccination initiatives highlighted and open floor discussionMobile vaccination team in Flanders – Heidi Theeten (Zorg, Belgium) (pdf, 0.319Mb)Vaccine initiatives within VH-COMSAVAC – Camila Picchio (ISGlobal, Spain) (pdf, 7.799Mb)
18:10 Closing of Day 1

DINNER at 19:30

WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 2024 – PART 2

SESSION 2.1: NATIONAL POLICIES & INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES ADDRESSING MIGRANT HEALTH INEQUALITIES

Chairs:  Angela Dominguez & Maria Buti
09:00-09:20 National policies for delivering hepatitis B and C virus infection services for refugees and migrants among member states of the WHO European Region. (pdf, 2.103Mb)Antons Mozalevskis (WHO HQ) (pdf, 2.103Mb)  & Marcelo Naveira (WHO Euro) (pdf, 0.546Mb) 
09:20-09:40 RIVER-EU: Reducing inequalities in vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging underserved communities. (pdf, 1.06Mb)Pania Karnaki (Prolepsis Institute, Greece)  
09:40-10:00 Integrated services to better address the needs of migrants who use drugs (ONLINE)Roberto Perez-Gayo (Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network)  
10:00-10:20 Potential of the electronic Personal Health Record system for migrants and refugees arriving in Europe (ONLINE) (pdf, 3.064Mb)Ana Requena Méndez (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)  
10:20-10:30 Cancer RADAR – mapping cancer risk by migration background in Europe (pdf, 1.95Mb)Catharina (Nienke) Alberts (Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands)
10:30-10:40 Q&A

COFFEE break 10:40-11:10

SESSION 2.2: GOOD PRACTICES AND THEIR POTENTIAL FOR EU WIDE IMPLEMENTATION

Chairs: Antons Mozalevskis & Mojca Maticic
11:10-12:10 GROUPS DISCUSSION: Improving care of migrants is key for viral hepatitis elimination in EuropeDiscussion in 4 groups on the most important identified barriers and opportunities and how to move forward.  
12:10-12:40 Outcome of the groups discussions by group leaders & general discussion

LUNCH 12:40-14:10

SESSION 2.3: MEETING SUMMARY

Chairs: Marcelo Naveira & Françoise Roudot-Thoraval
14:10-14:40 Meeting summary (pdf, 0.552Mb)David FitzSimons  
14:40-15:00 Closing remarks

Mdeon visum: 24/V2/15542/009367