• The Migrant Friendly Hospitals
Project – in a nutshell •
The European project “Migrant-friendly hospitals”
(MFH), sponsored by the European Commission, DG Health
and Consumer Protection (SANCO) brought together hospitals
from 12 member states of the European Union, a scientific
institution as co-ordinator, experts, international
organisations and networks. These partners agreed
to put migrant-friendly, culturally competent health
care and health promotion higher on the European health
policy agenda and to support other hospitals by compiling
practical knowledge and instruments. One major strategy
to test feasibility of becoming a migrant-friendly
and culturally competent organisation was implementation
and evaluation of three selected Subprojects in the
diverse reality of European hospitals, with the local
implementation financed out of hospital funds, but
supported in a European benchmarking process.
The main costs of European co-operation were covered
by EU funding. LBISHM as a co-ordinator also received
co-financing from the Austrian Federal Ministry of
Science and Education and invested own funds. The
partner hospitals had to finance their local quality
development projects out of their own budgets.
Experiences and results were presented at a Final
Conference “Hospitals in a Culturally Diverse
Europe”, Amsterdam, Dec 9-11, 2004.
European Recommendations for the Policy, but also
the hospital level and other stakeholders were launched
as “Amsterdam Declaration towards Migrant Friendly
Hospitals in an ethno-culturally diverse Europe”.
To assure sustainability of the MFH movement, a Task
Force on Migrant Friendly Hospitals has been established
in the framework of the WHO Network on Health Promoting
This final report includes experiences, results, instruments,
recommendations developed in this project.
• Amsterdam Declaration >>
• Further MFH Activities: MFH Task Force >>
• Project Summary