Information to guide individual health assessment of refugees from Ukraine

Concerted efforts by ECDC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have resulted in a document aimed to provide information to guide individual health assessment carried out by frontline health providers at border areas, reception centres, transit centers and individual clinics as well as national public health agencies/authorities in countries receiving refugees and third country nationals.

The document addresses the following issues:

  • Immediate response
  • COVID-19 (vaccination status, assessment of symptoms, and triage)
  • Vaccine preventable diseases (screening of new arrivals, provision of information on influenza)
  • HIV and tuberculosis
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Mental health & psychosocial support
  • Sexual and reproductive health including HIV and gender-based violence
  • child health
  • Nutrition
  • Persons with disabilities and rehabilitation.

Since the onset of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, ECDC has been directly involved in multiple international activities aimed at supporting the displaced people from Ukraine.

On the ground, ECDC staff joined the multidisciplinary team of international organizations in Poland that was set up to provide support to local authorities.

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