Terve tulevaisuus – Health material for refugees, asylum seekers and health professionals

The objective of IOM Health promotion project “Terve tulevaisuus – Health material for refugees, asylum seekers and health professionals” was to promote health care standards for the target groups. The project was implemented by IOM Helsinki during the years 2010-2011. Project partners included the Finnish Midwifes’ Association, the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals of Finland, and the local NGO Africarewo.

The project produced a resource package consisting of a handbook, a DVD and handouts which have a twofold aim. Firstly, the resource package provided information to refugees and asylum seekers about their rights to health services, helping them to better understand and appropriately make use of the Finnish health care system. Secondly, the package introduced new approaches amongst Finnish health professionals for interacting with patients who have a refugee and/or asylum seeker background. 

The handbook is published in Finnish, with the DVD and handout materials available in Finnish, English, Somali, Arabic, and Dari language. These materials were designed to be used widely in reception centers, at private and municipal health care facilities, and as a part of various training events. 

The DVD can be ordered through our contact form, and the handouts can be downloaded from our materials page. Please note that the materials were produced in 2010-2011 so might be outdated to some extent as to the information on health services. The parts on interaction with health professionals are still valid.


A sample video is shown below. For additional sample videos in other languages (Arabic, Finnish, Dari, Somali), please visit our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Tervetulevaisuus