Migrations Santé France, is an association under the French Law of 1901, with a national vocation.
Our activities are articulated around two axes: Prevention and health promotion and training of professionals
The health promotion pole carries out local actions with vulnerable populations through social and health mediation services to facilitate access to common law health services and information/awareness/prevention actions to increase health literacy and encourage individual and collective health care.
Regular and occasional interventions are carried out in the framework of partnerships or on behalf of local authorities.
As an interface between the health care system and integration structures, Migrations Santé France works with professionals and volunteers in the field, in the medical, socio-medical and educational sectors, through traditional training courses, seminars, study days and conferences.
Our training program, updated every year, is based on feedback from the field and evaluations from the previous year
Targets and types of interventions
From 1968 to today
1968 – Recognition of a need
The first working groups were formed in response to numerous gaps and misunderstandings in all areas related to the condition of immigrants in society. A certain number of reports are produced in particular to alert institutions and public opinion
1970 – Creation of CMMSAM
Creation of the Medical and Medico-Social Committee for Aid to Migrants (CMMSAM) to respond to the need to unify and coordinate practices, and to understand migrants in a global way. Declaration of the association of Law 1901 on February 19, 1970
1972 – Publication of The Health of Migrants
Publication of the book on the health of migrants in partnership with the Movement against Racism, Anti-Semitism and for Peace (MRAP)
1973 – World Crisis
Migrations are changing, less foreign labor but more family reunifications and asylum applications
1974 – Creation of the journal Migrations Santé
Development of the CMMSAM with the creation of several branches in France and the grouping of work produced on the health/migration/medical anthropology triptych. There has been a significant increase in the interest of public authorities in migrants
During the 1970s, the CMMSAM, commonly known as the Medical Committee or simply the Committee, saw the creation of some fifteen associations affiliated to it and the establishment of a large documentation center with projects for scale supported by various public institutions.
Seminars, study days and conferences have been organized at national and even international level on various issues relating to the health of migrants and immigration in general.
A new vision of health was born. It is global with the taking into account of other social, psychosocial, cultural dimensions… Which resulted in the creation of a DU, entitled Health in the world, under the direction of Professor Marc Gentilini, president of the Committee, at the Faculty of Medicine Paris VI.
1986 – National Network
The national network brings together twenty associations
The committee takes the name of Migrations Santé France. The various antennas form associations and adopt the name of Migrations Santé by adding the name of the region or the city where they are established. They had their full autonomy vis-à-vis the parent association within which they are represented on the board of directors as legal persons.
Creation of several educational tools for health education and prevention, and as support for the animation of health workshops with people who do not master the French language or who have a low level of qualification
Creation of the training center for professionals in the medical, socio-medical, socio-educational and legal sectors
1990 – Positioning
Creation of an additional Field Actions department (ADT) acting on the ground with migrants and refugees to promote better integration into the French social fabric.
1993 – Intensification of field actions
Diversification of teams and their actions, places of intervention, and target audience. The association has four interdependent and complementary poles of activity: The documentation / information center – The training pole – The field actions pole – The development pole to act in the countries of origin of migrants around AIDS, in terms of training of local actors and prevention
1998 – Autonomy of the antennas
To deal with local contexts, the associations of the national network take their independence
2000s – Structural changes
From the 2000s, the commodification of the social sector and budgetary constraints imposed a change in the functioning of associative structures, including Migrations Santé France with the hiatus of the development division
2010 – Reduction of financial means
The Hospital, Patient, Health, Territory (HPST) law of July 21, 2009 introduces the call for projects procedure which transforms associations into operators in hospitals, PMI, social centers, etc. who set up their own training centres. Consequences: Abandonment of the premises of 300 m2. Redeployment of the documentary collection in Paris and Saint-Denis