On the 29th and 30th of May, we united for a stimulating seminar on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Mental Health and Migration in Brussels, at the Médecins du Monde headquarters. This seminar was one of the activities planned under the EU Aid Volunteers project, specifically, the Capacity Building phase which involves both EU and non-EU organisations.
The seminar revolved around the discussion of sensitive topics of health and migration, while ensuring collective participation and a continuous exchange of opinions.
Attendees from all over the world joined us to discuss ways to solve the delicate matters everyone shares. Issues such as, how to increase the rate of new family planning users, identify cases of sexual violence, analyse how inclusive the healthcare system is for migrants and how mental health is treated were the core discussions of the 2-day seminar.
Representatives from Burkina Faso, Morocco, Benin, Mauritania, RD Congo, Niger, Mali, Tunisia, Sweden, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain and, of course, Belgium were present. During the joint workshops, they had the opportunity to discuss common problems by identifying what the obstacles may be, what solutions other partners may have found when experiencing similar situations and whether those solutions could be adopted and adapted to other countries.
By the end of the seminar, all representatives could say they learned something new from the situations in other countries. They found this opportunity to meet up and exchange opinions enriching and necessary to see, from a strategic point of view, if the activities being implemented so far work correctly.
What is the EU Aid Volunteers initiative?
EU Aid Volunteers (EUAV) is an initiative that started in 2015 whose aims are to strengthen NGOs in the EU and elsewhere creating different platforms and carrying out activities that promotes knowledge-sharing and empowerment. Learn about it by browsing this website and looking at the European Commission official page.
Want to learn more about our Capacity Building?
We have more information about this consortium on our website.