The European Union transfers €220.000 worth of medical equipment to Hatay Saraykent Migrant Health Training CentreThe European Union transfers €220.000 worth of medical equipment to Hatay Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre
Today, medical equipment purchased by the European Union was handed-over to the local Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute authorities in Hatay under the “Enhancing access to services, strengthening resilience of host communities, and facilitating integration of refugees” project, implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The equipment was purchased in the framework of a project targeting the integration of refugees and the strengthening of host communities. The handover ceremony took place at the Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre in Antakya. Ambassador H.E. Mr. Christian Berger, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Turkey; Mr Vladimer Gvilava, IOM Turkey Chief of Mission; and Hatay Public Health Director Dr. Bayram Kerkez, honoured the ceremony with their participation.
The Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre is one of the seven Migrant Health Training Centres where Syrian doctors and nurses are trained as part of a project implemented by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and funded by the European Union. This equipment will be key to training Syrian doctors and nurses at the Centre, and will later be used to provide healthcare services to migrants living in Hatay province.
In 2015, as one of the first non-humanitarian responses to the Syrian crisis, the European Union funded IOM with €6,7 million to set-up two Multi-Service Community Centres (MSCs) in Istanbul and Hatay, to provide primary healthcare, psychosocial support, legal assistance, education and vocational training to Syrian refugees living in these two cities. Medical equipment worth €220,000 has been bought for the MSC in Hatay province for this purpose. With today's ceremony, hosted by the Ministry of Health and Public Health Institute representatives, this equipment has been transferred to local authorities, in order to help alleviate the pressure posed on local health service providers by over 380,000 registered Syrian refugees under temporary protection living in Hatay province. The Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre will use this equipment for the training of Syrian medical staff so as to provide free medical services to migrants in Arabic. On average, 300 migrants receive medical consultations daily at the centre. In total 368 Syrian doctors and 320 nurses have already finalized their training and are assigned to Migrant Health Centres across the country.
Ambassador H.E. Mr. Christian Berger said on the occasion: "With the transfer of medical equipment to Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre, the Ministry of Health once more becomes our close partner in the implementation of EU funds for the Syrian refugees in Turkey. We started to support the Ministry's efforts in providing Syrians with free access to healthcare services with a €300 million grant signed in October 2016, which will help set up together more than 500 new Migrant Health units in up to 210 Health centres throughout Turkey".
"Providing public health care to thousands and thousands of migrants is a huge and vital task. Training and certification of Syrian doctors and nurses is crucial. In this regard, the EU is delighted to support the Ministry of Health and WHO in their efforts to provide high quality health care to migrants in their mother-tongue, Arabic", Ambassador Berger added.
In addition to medical equipment procured for the Hatay health institutions, through the two Multi-service Community Centres in Hatay and Istanbul, the €6, 7 million project has provided legal assistance, education and vocational training, including language courses, psychosocial support and primary healthcare to around 70,000 migrants and host community members in Antakya, and around 80,000 migrants and host community members in Istanbul. Under this project, socio-cultural activities are also carried out in both cities to enhance cohesion between Syrians and host communities.
The European Union has been funding partners on the ground for projects in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. The support was at first provided by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). Given the protracted nature of the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey, the assistance has been topped up in the latest years by medium- and long-term interventions funded under other EU financial instruments. With the establishment of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey in 2016, the EU has committed €3 billion to assist Turkey in dealing with the challenge of hosting Syrian refugees. As of the beginning of May 2017, 47 projects have been contracted worth more than €1.5 billion, out of which €811 million have already been disbursed. The total amount allocated under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey on humanitarian and non-humanitarian actions currently stands at €2.9 billion. The project "Enhancing access to services, strengthening resilience of host communities, and facilitating integration of refugees" is funded under the EU crisis response instrument - "Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace" - and comes on top of the assistance provided through the Facility.
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