Vaccines and vaccination cards in health care for children

Submitted by Dessi on Mon, 07/26/2021 - 13:53

Health care for children is one of the main priorities in working with refugees and asylum seekers. The problems for the health professionals, while working with refugee children, are mainly rooted in insufficient or completely missing information regarding the health history of the child and the necessary vaccinations.

In the countries from which the main migration flow comes, vaccination records are often different and compliance with our healthcare system is difficult to achieve. Refugees and asylum seekers often do not bring any documents when they enter the country and do not know what vaccines their children have, which is a serious obstacle to further socialization and adaptation. The lack of vaccines makes it impossible to enroll them in kindergartens and schools and inevitably leads to forced isolation, which can be detrimental to children's mental and emotional health.

The planned activities to improve access to health services are part of the project "Comprehensive integration support for legally residing third-country nationals". The project is implemented jointly with the team of Caritas Sofia and also includes activities related to education, employment and integration into society.