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GENERAL OBJECTIVE

COHEMI's general objective is to coordinate referral centres (both in Europe and Latin America) dealing with diseases specific to Latin American countries, as well as other infectious and non-infectious diseases affecting LA migrants, and centres investigating migrant health generally (researching health systems, reproductive and child health, anthropological and psycho-social problems).

Through coordinating these groups COHEMI aims to provide a clear understanding of the full migration cycle in relation to the health systems in Europe and Latin America and to suggest general and specific (disease-driven) policies to address the priority aspects of ill-health in the migrant population.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

1.To assess/compare health systems boh in EU and LA countries with specific reference to legislation and policies affecting different migrant categories, related ethical issues and multiple determinants of the utilization of health services:

- Accessibility and use of healthcare services

- Appropriateness of the care provided

- Health status and health differentials compared to the autochthonous populations

- Patient satisfaction

2.To identify specific bottle-necks affecting priority health needs of the migrant population and potential repercussions on the EU host countries' population.

3.To provide a reliable estimate of the burden of selected Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in countries of origin and in different groups of migrants and of the access to appropriate care in both contexts.

4.To provide a reliable estimate of the burden of selected infectious(bacterial and viral) diseases in countries of origin and in different groups of migrants, of the impact on host country population, and of access to appropriate care.

5.To provide a reliable estimate of the burden of selected chronic, non-infectious diseases in LA countries and in different groups of migrants and of the access to appropriate care in both contexts.

6.To promote greater coordination in efforts to understand the social and cultural factors that influence health-seeking behaviours of Latin American Migrants resident in Europe.

7.Based on the main results, suggest/promote specific strategies/initiatives/methods/policiens guidelines/legislative measures to be promoted at EU and AL levels, both on general aspects and on specific diseases.