Roma HEALTH Care II

Let us introduce You our Strategic Partnership!

About the project

In its resolution from 12 February 2019, the European Parliament showed the deficits in the implementation of the National Strategies for the integration of Roma and demanded therefore a stronger post 2020 EU-Framework. Without a doubt, there is progress in the four central fields of Roma integration – education, housing, employment and health. However, the unlimited health care of Roma is still not ensured.

In the frame of the strategic partnership „Roma HEALTH Care“, the health situation of Roma in different European countries was complexly researched for the first time. In a dialogue with relevant stakeholders at the local/regional level, the results of this analysis were discussed, and the needs were selected that can be covered with support of European projects and the available resources on the spot.

The strategic partnership „Roma HEALTH Care II“ is one of those follow-up projects. Basically, it aims at the improvement of the health situation of Roma in the partner countries.

Our aims are…

to raise the share of Roma obtaining a health insurance

to increase the number of Roma making use of available cancer prevention measures

to decrease the number of addicted Roma respectively of Roma who are threatened by addictions

to improve the vaccination status

to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and the risk of venereal diseases

to improve the dental hygiene

to raise the number of Roma who regularly go in for sports and who eat healthier

In order to achieve the objectives, health education centres shall be established in the involved Roma communities in which accordingly trained health mediators – Roma themselves – implement target group specific measures of adult education for raising the health literacy. The training of health mediators is based on a newly developed Curriculum. An especially developed Handbook serves them as accompanying reference book. Local Action Plans Health for Roma are the legal framework for their work.

In this project, Roma are not only beneficiaries but actors.

On one hand, Roma will be involved in the elaboration of the Intellectual Outputs, trained as health mediators and multipliers, implement and assess the Test Phases and disseminate information on the project and its results.

On the other hand, they will participate in the adult education measures for raising their health literacy and contribute themselves to the improvement of their health situation this way.

Thus, the project will concretely help to accomplish the demands formulated in the resolution of the EP, particularly

  • the unlimited medical/health care and
  • the active involvement of Roma and Roma communities in the development, implementation and evaluation of measures and projects for this target group.

Partners in this project

Expected Results

  • Curriculum for the education of health mediators
  • Handbook for health mediators
  • Trained health mediators
  • Trained multipliers
  • Local health action plans for roma and model action plan
  • Established health education centres
  • Practise test and modification
  • Improvement of the health literacy of adult roma
  • Concept for mobility projects (ka1)
  • Dissemination and validation

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This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.