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About
 

Mi-Health Europe is a policy and advocacy collaborative that strengthens the capacity of European migrant communities to engage with services and to influence healthcare policy and practice.

Our Vision
 

A Europe in which all migrants are able to realise a healthy and safe life.

Our Mission
 

Promoting an inclusive, empowered European community of organisations and services working with migrants by building capacity, influencing policy, advocacy, collaboration and sharing best practice and expertise.

Our Values
 

Mi-Health and its partner organisations are committed to promoting the following values in all that we do:

  • Empowerment: We believe that migrants equipped with accurate, relevant information and resources are best able to navigate their journeys and express their agency in order to make the healthiest, safest decisions.

  • Collaborative: We advance research, policy and actions rooted both in the lived experiences and expertise of migrants living with HIV and other conditions and the support of an engaged community of advocates to ensure that our work reflects the needs and experiences of diverse groups of migrants across Europe. 

  • Inclusive: We recognise that creating a powerful and lasting community for change involves ensuring that all migrants, regardless of nationality, immigration status or health needs, and migrant health advocates from across Europe are able to both contribute to and benefit from our work.

  • Accountable: We ensure that our efforts, though supported by several intersecting stakeholders, are mission-driven and led by, for and with migrants and those living with HIV. 

Our History

Mi-Health was initiated by Africa Advocacy Foundation following consultations with individuals and services within migrant communities in various European countries regarding their experiences of healthcare access and related barriers  and  the recognition that establishing a collaborative platform would be an ideal first step towards empower migrant communities and inspiring change.

We exchange best practices and knowledge and find innovative solutions to the common health, social and economic challenges that impact diverse groups of migrants in Europe.

We believe that migrants themselves are best able to navigate their journeys when equipped with accessible, accurate information. 

We maintain a comprehensive resource database to support migrants in overcoming the many barriers that they face while navigating unfamiliar legal and healthcare systems.

We support working groups of migrant health advocates who advance research and policy that are responsive to the needs, concerns and lived experiences of migrants.

 

We strengthen our capacity for collaborative action and community mobilisation through trainings and activities.

Join us by contacting mihealth@africadvocacy.org

Funders

This initiative has been independently developed by AAF. Mi-Care has been made possible through sponsorship from Gilead Sciences Europe, ViiV Healthcare Europe and Merck Sahrpe & Dohme Europe. Mi-Health has been made possible through sponsorship from Open Society Foundations. AAF acknowledges that Gilead Sciences Europe, ViiV Healthcare Europe, Merck Sahrpe & Dohme Europe and Open Society Foundations have not had any control or input into the structure or content of the initiatives.

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Who We Are

Mi-Health Steering Committee: Composed of representatives of our partner organisations, the Committee provides overall strategic leadership and direction. It ensures that Mi-Health cultivates a robust network of advocates and organisations across the European region committed to exchanging best practice and advancing innovative solutions to the health and social challenges impacting migrants.

The Independent Advisory Board: Composed of independent experts on policy, migrant health, HIV/AIDS, capacity building and those with lived experience of irregular migration, the Advisory Board champions the platform across the region by advising the Steering Committee on relevant issues of national and regional significance.

The Secretariat: Ensures that the outputs of the Steering Committee and Independent Advisory Board are aligned with Mi-Health goals, resources and strategy and seeks to facilitate their work while coordinating the efforts of the Working Groups and the Mi-Health Coordinator.

Mi-Health Coordinator: Manages the online resource directory of partner organisations and manages the day-to-day operations of the platform.

Working Groups:

  • Policy and Research: Composed of experienced researchers, policy advocates and those working at the grassroots level, this group advocates for research and policy that advances migrant health.

  • Capacity Building: Formed by educators, training coordinators and subject matter experts, this group equips leaders, frontline professionals and migrant-led organisations with the essential tools, skills and resources to best support their communities and carry out their work.

  • Community of Practice: Made up of expert patients and treatment activists, this working group empowers individuals to have informed discussions on HIV research, treatment, policy and advances, and shares their learning so that those who most need to be equipped with the information, are able to understand it.