Migrant hospitalisation rates and access to information on COVID-19 are topics that Professor Esperanza Diaz, Director of the Pandemic Centre at the University of Bergen, will discuss during the lecture “Migration, health and sustainable development: lessons from the pandemic?”. Join us on Wednesday, 29 November 2023 at the Centre for Sustainable Development.

Prof Esperanza Diaz, in addition to her position as Director of the Pandemic Centre from 2020 and Professor in the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Bergen, also works as a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She has been conducting research on migrant health since 2008, has written more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles on the topic and has published the book ‘Migrant Health: A Primary Care Perspective’. She leads projects on changing health needs and health care along the Syrian refugee route to Norway and community intervention research on cervical cancer among migrants.

The Norwegian researcher’s visit to the University of Gdansk is taking place as part of the project “Increasing migrants’ access to vaccine information in the Tri-City” under the National Academic Exchange Agency’s Intervention Grants programme. The project addresses a significant social and civilisational problem with both global and regionally relevant implications. It focuses on access to vaccination knowledge among refugees, disparities in vaccination calendars, low enforcement of vaccination obligations, and the anti-vaccination movements’ growing activity. Sharing knowledge, asking questions and collectively addressing concerns about vaccination can influence a sense of collective responsibility regarding public health in Poland, which can benefit both immigrants and the Polish population.

Please join us for a lecture on Wednesday, 29 November 2023 at 13.00-14.00 at the Centre for Sustainable Development (Faculty of Social Sciences UG, room D208). The lecture will be held in English.