Monday, August 22, 2011

[EQ] Improving HIV data comparability in migrant populations and ethnic minorities - ECDC

Migrant health series:

Improving HIV data comparability in migrant populations and ethnic minorities in EU/EEA/EFTA countries:

findings from a literature review and expert panel

ECDC European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 2011

Available online PDF [90p.] at:

The review was intended to:

• provide an overview of the current situation with respect to data on HIV in migrant and ethnic minority populations;

• identify gaps and methodological challenges; and

• propose ways in which data, and data comparability, might be improved in Europe.

Aimed at policymakers, programme managers, epidemiologists, researchers and others involved in migrant health,

this report is intended to inform future policy, research and practice. Section 2 provides the background to the

review, Section 3 documents the main findings, and Section 4 sets out the main conclusions and recommendations


1 Introduction

2 Background

2.1 Migrant health

2.2 Gathering data on migration, on migrant health and on HIV among migrants

3 Key findings and issues

3.1 Analysis/overview of the literature on HIV and migration

4. Conclusions and suggestions

Annex 1. Bibliography

Annex 2. Definitions from international sources

Annex 3. Data and definitions from European sources

Annex 4. Summary of HIV-related studies of migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe

Annex 5. Report on the ECDC Workshop on Migration and HIV

Annex 6. Expert consultation questionnaire

Annex 7. Indicators related to migrants used in the ‘Monitoring the Dublin Declaration’ questionnaire to countries

Annex 8. Expert ranking of migration indicators for surveillance

Annex 9. Expert recommendations on indicators for research


HIV testing and counselling in migrant populations and ethnic minorities
in EU/EEA/EFTA Member States


Available online PDF [39p.] at:

“….The report is based on information gathered through a systematic review of the literature on HIV testing and counselling in these populations in high-income countries; a review of international and national policies and guidelines on HIV testing and counselling; a survey of EU, EEA and EFTA Member States; and individual interviews and group meetings with key government and non-government stakeholders.

It is organised in five sections:

• Section 1 briefly describes the review background and methodology.

• Section 2 summarises findings about HIV prevalence and risk factors in migrant populations and ethnic minorities.

• Section 3 overview of international, regional policies, guidelines/recommendations on HIV testing and counselling in migrant populations and ethnic minorities.

• Section 4 highlights challenges and barriers to HIV testing among migrant and ethnic minority populations.

• Section 5 outlines approaches to HIV testing in migrants and ethnic minorities. It also considers how to increase uptake of testing in these populations….”


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