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Expert meeting: promoting the health of refugees and migrants

Cordaid, Healthnet TPO/Health Works and MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / NL Artsen Zonder Grenzen) invite you to participate in the expert meeting on “the promotion of mental and psycho-social health of refugees and migrants”. This meeting is organized in preparation towards the Amsterdam summit on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings on 7-8 October 2019.

Seje, Duhok Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Primary Health Care centre, supported by Cordaid. Catchment population consists of displaced Yazidi’s as well as Christian host communities. © Cordaid.


Humanity House, The Hague, 26 June 2019, 13.30 – 18.00 hours



The meeting will focus on the progress made with SDG 3 (on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages), particularly regarding the physical and mental health of refugees and migrants. Due to conflict, violence, persecution and the perilous journey they have undertaken, refugees and migrants often suffer from mental health and psychosocial complaints, including mental health disorders. This hinders their participation and integration to (re)build an acceptable life in their new living environment.

The World Health Assembly has recently adopted a five-year Global Action Plan that addresses the key actions needed for Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), both at home and abroad. Minister Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) has also decided to prioritize psycho-social and mental health care, not only for refugees and migrants but also for their families and communities. On both domestic and international levels, it is important to take stock of the current challenges and achievements, to identify bottlenecks and best practices to feed into the upcoming Amsterdam summit.


This meeting will discuss the Dutch contributions to achieving SDG 3, in particular related to access to psycho-social health services to refugees and migrants. What has been done so far, and what should be the priorities for future Dutch investments? Which partners and stakeholders could be part of this effort? The meeting will provide an important moment to exchange views with a range of different stakeholders, and to formulate concrete recommendations regarding the Dutch contributions.


Contributions to the meeting will be provided by, amongst others, Prof. Ivan Komproe (HealthNet TPO), Joost van der Meer (AZG, tbc), Elize Smal (Pharos), Bob van Dillen (Cordaid), Andrea Vonkeman (UNHCR) and Noor Cornelissen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tbc). The meeting will be moderated by Paul Janssen.



The meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 June, from 13.30 – 18.00 hours (drinks at 17.00).


Humanity House, Prinsegracht 8, 2512 GA, Den Haag.


Please register by Thursday 20 June by sending an e-mail to [email protected].