Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 9 -15 October 2021

Updated Translated Resources

1. Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

The UK.Gov leaflet Covid-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17 is now available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

A Braille version of the Covid-19 vaccination for children and young people aged 12 – 15 years can be ordered.

2. Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

The pregnancy information poster is also available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

The pregnancy social media cards have also been translated into the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian. Romany, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

3.Translated: Leeds City Council’s Covid Toolkit

The leaflet ‘Why We Think You Should Say Yes To The Covid 19 vaccine’ has been translated into the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Slovak, Tigrinya and Urdu.

Audio versions of the leaflet are available for each of those languages.

Information Resources

1. Culture, spirituality and religion: migrant health guide

Public Health England have published comprehensive guidance for healthcare practitioners on the ways in which culture, spirituality and religion impact the health needs of migrant patients.

2. Updated: Guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers during Covid19

Public Health England have provided general guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings including new sections on initial and contingency accommodation and dispersal accommodation.

3. Updated: ‘Caring for vulnerable migrant women’ – guide for midwives and maternity support workers

The Royal College of Midwives have published an article which highlights the barriers pregnant migrant women face when accessing healthcare.

A related report by Maternity Action on migrant charging, entitled ‘Breach of Trust – A review of implementation of the NHS charging programme in maternity services in England’ calls for the immediate suspension of charging for NHS maternity care given the deterrent effect on women’s access to care.

Training and Events

1. Call for migrant participants in “Routes: new ways to talk about Covid for better health” research atTheLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“We would like to talk to migrant workers to understand their experiences of COVID and the pandemic response, because they are not always well served by healthcare services. We are particularly interested in talking to migrant workers in precarious jobs (e.g. zero hours contracts, informal economy).

Please circulate information about our project among your networks to see if there might be migrant workers interested in either being interviewed for about an hour or participating in a group discussion. We will pay £40 per interview, or £40 for participation in a group discussion, as cash or a voucher. If anyone from organisations supporting migrant workers would like to participate as a key informant, please let us know and we can discuss how that might work too. We do have some funds to support organisational involvement.

We know it’s important to work directly with communities to understand what type of research needs to be done, and that’s why we want to speak to community members and community organisations at every stage. We are funded by DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care) but we are independent and are not part of health services.

You can contact us at depth@lshtm.ac.uk if you would like more information”

2. Free workshop: The community response to COVID-19 & vaccine roll-out

A workshop from the Health Creation Alliance taking place on Thursday 4th, Tuesday 16th and Tuesday 30th November, 14:00-15:30, aimed at NHS staff and those working in partnership with them.

This Zoom training aims to draw on the learning from COVID-19 and vaccines to improve understanding of how the NHS can work with local communities to address health inequalities among marginalised communities, particularly asylum seekers, refugees and homeless people.

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