The VIM partners have carried out 61 interviews with educational and social professionals in the six partner countries. The aim was to define the learning needs of migrant adults in terms of most relevant health education topics. These will be taken as the basis for developing small learning units and activities that can be embedded in training offers addressing refugees and migrants.
Even though partner countries have national specifities (e.g. health system, administrative regulations, climate, concept of health etc.) there are a number of similarities. It seems that in all partner countries the main barriers for migrants to access national healthcare services are:
- Language and communication barriers
- Lack of information on healthcare services
- Legal status and access regulations for national healthcare
In the development of effective measures to improve the involvement of migrants in the healthcare systems of the receiving societies, the interviewees mentioned, among others, the following topics as being important:
- Different healthcare and body conceptions
- Awareness of mental health and chronic diseases
- Role of the doctor
- Healthy life-style
- Sexual health education
- Gender awareness
- Drug and substance misuse
Based on these topics, the VIM partners will start developing training units and activites that can be implemented in various courses involving migrants.