Our School’s response to the Refugee Crisis in Europe

“I commend the actions of countries which have welcomed hundreds of thousands of migrants, as a model of compassion and humanity that puts the human cost of this crisis before financial and political interests. I am very pleased that School staff are doing what they can to support the response to this humanitarian crisis.”  Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

As a School of public and global health whose mission is ‘improving health worldwide’, we understand health as a state of complete mental as well as physical wellbeing, and recognise the terrible suffering of people fleeing conflict and persecution. School staff have offered to volunteer their time and services to support the response to the migrant crisis. We are discussing with Médecins du Monde / Doctors of the World, Save the Children, and Terre des hommes to provide:

  • Medically trained personnel to work in mobile units
  • Technical advice on developing a strategy to address mental health needs of refugees
  • Support for collecting data and mapping priority needs of refugees and services provide across areas through which refugees are travelling
  • Support for expanding an app that refugees can access to obtain up-to-date information about health risks in their area
  • Expertise in preparing communications materials

If you are a member of staff and would like to contribute to this effort, please contact , Lecturer in Health Systems and Policy.

Sendrine Constant, Delegate for Terre des hommes in Eastern Europe, says, “Over 570,000 people arrived in Europe in 2015 fleeing war and violence to demand international protection and exercise their right to seek asylum. One in three are women and children. They have faced violent conditions to reach Europe.

“Children are particularly exhausted by the long and traumatising journey, have sometimes travelled alone or been separated from their family and can be easy prey to exploiters and traffickers. Terre des hommes praises the dynamic mobilization all around Europe of various organisations, civilians, and members of Civil Society, including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who are volunteering technical support to agencies working in the field”.

“Unfortunately, this mobilisation remains insufficient to adequately meet the needs of children particularly in the deteriorating weather conditions and in the context of uncertainty they are facing. We call on all States to meet their international obligations and show solidarity and support to the thousands of children seeking international protection in our countries.”

Related links

Migrant children who don’t make the front page
Dr Cathy Zimmerman, a founding staff member of the Gender Violence & Health Centre at the School, on our Chariot news blog.


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