• European Recommendations: The Amsterdam Declaration Towards
Migrant Friendly Hospitals in an ethno-culturally diverse Europe
The main event of the conference was the launch of the Amsterdam
Declaration, jointly developed by the partners of the MFH project.
The document starts with a summary analysis of the current situation
of hospital services for migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe,
highlighting quality-related problems for patients and staff.
It assumes that improving quality for migrants and ethnic minorities
as specific vulnerable groups would also serve the general interest
of all patients in more personalised services. This is an issue
high on the agenda of the Health Promoting Hospital network. So
improvements could be achieved for all by making hospitals more
responsive to ethnic, cultural and other social differences of
patients and staff. In the second part of the Amsterdam Declaration,
recommendations are made for specific contributions to quality
improvement by hospital management and staff, by health policy,
by patient organisations and the health sciences.
The declaration has been endorsed by a large number of European
and international organisations, representatives of which presented
their perspectives on the Amsterdam Declaration at the conference:
the European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, WHO
Centre for Integrated Care (WHO), International Labour Organisation
(ILO), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), International
Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), Standing Committee
of the Hospitals of the EU (HOPE), International Union of Health
Promotion and Education (IUHPE), Migrants Rights International,
United for Intercultural Action, PaceMaker in Global Health. Partners
expressed their expectation that the Amsterdam Declaration will
serve as a European platform for improving hospital and health
care services for migrants and ethnic minorities.
The final text will be available in this report in eleven European
languages (Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish).
Amsterdam Declaration (in Danish) •