News in Brief 29 October 2015 (AM)

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A group of asylum-seekers waiting at a reception centre to be registered for a temporary transit visa, near the town of Gevgelija in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) after crossing the border from Idomeni in Greece, on 27 August 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Gjorgji Klincarov

Europe needs "migrant-sensitive" health systems

The continued flow of refugees and migrants in Europe means the region must develop health systems that are "migrant-sensitive" to deal with the diverse health issues of people in transit.

That's according to the regional director for the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Many migrants and refugees arrive in Europe from conflict zones and after long journeys, and the health sector has a vital role in ensuring their well-being, according to Dr Jakab.

She said migrant-sensitive health systems should take cultural and linguistic needs into consideration.

Health care workers will also need information on how to treat a range of conditions such as exposure to violence, mental health issues and non-communicable diseases that have worsened due to a lack of medication.

Dr Jakab said making health systems migrant-sensitive is a complex process, but that WHO is supporting countries.

Regional hub for sustainable energy in the Caribbean

A centre to help Caribbean countries create the necessary conditions for investments in sustainable energy has been inaugurated in Barbados's capital, Bridgetown.

The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will coordinate and implement programmes and projects in areas such as policy development and data sharing, as well as investment and business promotion.

The hub was developed by the regional body, CARICOM, in partnership with UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and an alliance for small island developing states.

Mine awareness training to benefit thousands in Libya

Sixteen community organizers from southern Libya have been trained in mine risk education which is expected to benefit thousands of people in the areas where they live.

Participants will share what they have learned about mine safety and accident prevention with students, internally displaced people and the communities hosting them.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) estimates that as 5,600 people will be reached by the end of the year.

The two-week training was held in Tunisia and organized by the United Nations through support from Denmark and Japan.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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