Public Health Implications of the Family Reunification Law on Southeast Asian Migrants in Europe
Funded by the Asia-Europe Foundation
The research was undertaken among the Filipinos and Chinese in Madrid, Spain and Milan, Italy. They are the largest groups of migrants in the two cities. Illness patterns, health seeking behavior, health services utilization pattern, and unmet health needs were elicited from them. Its purpose was to provide inputs to constituent governments and the European Commission on how to incorporate the migrants’ needs into their regional and national health policies and programs. The research in Italy was conducted in cooperation with Fondazione Iniziative Studi Sulla Multietnicita (ISMU).
The illness patterns in the sending and receiving countries, as well as their respective national health responses were compared. Based on the literature review, survey of migrants, health service providers, key informants and the assessment of public health policies and programmes, their current health status, factors affecting health service utilization, and barriers in access to the health system were assessed. From the analysis, the concerns, challenges and recommendations for the incorporation of migrants’ issues in European health programs were extricated and areas for Asia-Europe cooperation identified.
Research on the Graying of the Filipino Baby Boomers, The High Costs of Living Longer
In this research, it was noted that the elderly suffer from chronic, progressive illnesses (cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, circulatory, metabolic, and respiratory) that eventually require long term care. With the increasing prevalence of these illnesses and the requisite medical response, the rise in health care costs becomes an important constraint to the maintenance and promotion of elderly well-being. Consequently, a high proportion of expenditure in old age will be devoted to medical care.
Assessment of Child Protection Situation in Southeast Asia
Funded by UNICEF
The Center was commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to assess the current database on child protection in selected countries in Southeast Asia. The secondary analysis of Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) data of the 10 countries in the region was carried out to achieve this objective.