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Health and illness in migrants and refugees arriving in Europe: analysis of the electronic Personal Health Record system


The electronic Personal Health Record (ePHR) is a health information system that registers health data on newly arriving migrants and was implemented in eight European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). This is a cross-sectional study aimed to describe the health problems and health status of all migrants attended at health clinics as part of the health assessment program established in the reception centres (2016–2019).

COVID-19 in Romania: transnational labour, geopolitics, and the Roma ‘outsiders’

COVID-19 has played out in Romania in a similar way to that in many other European countries. The government implemented decisive early measures which were able to keep the infection and mortality rates relatively low. This paper considers three distinctive aspects of the situation in Romania. First, the situation was complicated by the influence of transnational migrant workers, large numbers of whom returned to Romania when the pandemic started, accounting for distinct geographical variations in the rates of infection.

Early spread of COVID-19 in Romania: Imported cases from Italy and human-to-human transmission networks: Early spread of COVID-19 in Romania

We describe the early spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the first human-to-human transmission networks, in Romania. We profiled the first 147 cases referring to sex, age, place of residence, probable country of infection, return day to Romania, COVID-19 confirmation date and the probable modes of COVID-19 transmissions. Also, we analysed human-to-human transmission networks and explored their structural features and time dynamics. In Romania, local cycles of transmission were preceded by imported cases, predominantly from Italy. We observed an average of 4.8 days (s.d.

Assessment of COVID-19 waste flows during the emergency state in romania and related public health and environmental concerns

This paper provides a rapid assessment method of potentially infectious waste flow related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Romania focusing on the emergency state (from 16 March to 14 May 2020) where a national lockdown was in force with restrictive and social distancing measures concerning population mobility and economic activities. Medical and municipal waste management systems are critical services in combating the virus spread in the community.

A dataset of urban traffic flow for 13 Romanian cities amid lockdown and after ease of COVID19 related restrictions

This dataset comprises street-level traces of traffic flow as reported by Here Maps™ for 13 cities of Romania from 15th. of May 2020 and until 5th. of June 2020. This covers the time two days before lifting of the mobility restrictions imposed by the COVID19 nation-wide State of Emergency and until four days after the second wave of relaxation, announced for 1st. of June 2020. Data were sampled at a 15-min interval, consistent with the Here API update time. The data are annotated with relevant political decisions and religious events which might influence the traffic flow.

Challenges posed by COVID-19 to the health of people with disabilities living in residential care facilities in Romania

In this contribution, I discuss potential risk to the health of people with disabilities in residential care institutions during the COVID-19 outbreak by looking at evidence from Romania. As an academic who has studied deinstitutionalization of services for people with disabilities in Romania, I argue that residential care institutions for people with disabilities are at risk of becoming sites for community contagion with COVID-19. These institutions are often located in remote and economically peripheral areas of the country that have been characterized by high rates of outmigration.

The MIPEX Health strand: a longitudinal, mixedmethods survey of policies on migrant health in 38 countries

Background Within health systems, equity between migrants and native-born citizens is still a long way from being achieved. Benchmarking the equitability of policies on migrant health is essential for monitoring progress and identifying positive and negative aspects of national policies. For this purpose, the 2015 round of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) was expanded to include a strand on health, in a collaborative project carried out between 2013 and 2017 in 38 countries. 

STARRT II – Services for Pre-Departure Assistance and Transfer of 80 Refugees Resettled from Turkey in 2017

The objective of this project is to facilitate the pre-departure activities and travel including pre-departure, in transit and post arrival assistance to those refugees identified and selected by the Government of Romania and UNHCR to be resettled to Romania over the course of 2016 and 2017.