Adult Education for the Protection of the Vector-Borne Diseases among Immigrants in Europe



An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011. Among those escaping the conflict, the majority have sought refuge in neighboring countries. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4.8 million have moved to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq. Meanwhile about one million have requested asylum to Europe. Germany, with more than 300,000 cumulated applications, and Sweden with 100,000, are EU's top receiving countries. When we look at the project partner countries, even though the population of Slovenia was approximately 2,100,000 in 2016, 16,623 people immigrated to Slovenia and compared to 2015, the number of immigrants was 8 % higher. On the other hand, different from the rest of EU countries, the people immigrated to Slovenia, are from Bosnia and Herzegovina (3590 of all foreign immigrants). On the other hand, Italy is one of the top ten countries where 964,1 of world total asylum seekers arrived in 2015.

The EU and the candidate states of EU have agreed on a range of measures to deal with the crisis. These include trying to resolve the root causes of the crisis as well as greatly increased aid to people in need of humanitarian assistance both inside and outside the EU. Although the scale of aids is expanded at the rate of needs, the health issues observed among the refugees and migrants alter regarding to both internal and external factors.

The exposure of refugees and migrants to the risks associated with population movements — psychosocial disorders, reproductive health problems, higher newborn mortality, nutrition disorders, drug abuse, alcoholism and exposure to violence — increase their vulnerability to both communicable and the infectious diseases. The key issue with regard to the infectious diseases is the interruption of care, due either to lack of access or to the decimation of health care systems; displacement causes interruption of the continuous treatment that is crucial for chronic conditions. The vulnerable individuals, especially children, could be infected with infectious vector-borne diseases because of poor living conditions, suboptimal hygiene, and deprivation during migration. Consequently, the vision of the here proposed project is creating a training program in Europe notably Turkey in order to prevent the infectious vector-borne diseases which are associated with increased immigration and especially caused by reducing hygiene. Considering that healthcare personnel availability depends on different factors such as the size of the center, number of people living in the center, the geographical isolation of the center and funding availability, the concrete project objectives, referring to the vision above, are;

Providing an opportunity to enhance the overview of what EU and the candidate states of EU do, their impact, and other key statistics of the needs of migrants, in order to provide a global picture of migration.

Constituting a stronger knowledge base on migration, including through global research on needs, trends and other common factors of migrants,

Providing an opportunity to further share learning across regions while sharing of learning occurs through national border networks,

Improving the skills and knowledge of the trainers who service to solve or reduce the public health issues through more scientific view and understanding,

Contributing to social integration among the migrants and host societies across Europe.

Since the main goal of the project is creating a training program in Europe notably Turkey in order to prevent the infectious vector- borne diseases that are associated with increased immigration, the project should be carried out transnationally.

What will have been completed within the scope of the project?



- In-Depth Needs Assessment
- Literature Review
- Data Analysis
- Documentation of results
- Peer reviews of results
- Preparation of the ultimate needs analysis report


Intellectual Output “Innovative Methods of Adult Training on Pretending Vector-Borne Diseases”


  • The curriculum of the adult training on pretending vector-borne diseases
  • The design of the innovative methods including contents, exercises, materials and methodological indications for the adult training
  • The structure of peer reviews for adult training on pretending vector-borne diseases
  • Publications on project website, partner websites and on social media


Learning, Teaching and Training Activity C1 (Short-term joint staff training event) Trainers Training


  • Explaining the prevention of vector-borne diseases based on good practices, scientific research, and need analysis.
  • Using effective instructional practices to deliver innovative methods of the training and technical assistance components for preventing vector-borne diseases
  • Fulfilling adequately the responsibilities for trainers training on preventing vector-borne diseases
  • Testing the success of the trainers training
  • Documentation of the test results
  • Peer reviews of test results


Learning, Teaching and Training Activity C2-C3-C4 (Blended mobility of learners) Adult Training on Pretending Vector-Borne Diseases:


  • Providing to migrant adults with accurate, reliable and complete information regarding the relationship between their health status and hazards of vectors to prevent the vector-borne diseases.
  • Putting into action the innovative methods of including contents, exercises, materials and methodological indications for the adult training
  • Testing the success of the innovative methods for the adult training
  • Documentation of the test results
  • Peer reviews of test results
  • Preparation of a consolidate data report of the test results


Multiplier Event E! for learnt lessons and best practices of the project.