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[Event Announcement] The case of connecting Roma people living in secluded communities to basic healthcare


The 2015 EPHA conference will explore how the concept of ’Health in All Policies’ has evolved into a broader approach to better governance for health. Health in all Policies has a vital importance in the case of Roma Integration. Housing, Education, Access to Healthcare, Employment and Discrimination are core elements influencing overall Roma population health. The conference will seek to draw lessons from previous health policy-making and identify challenges and opportunities (...)
22/07/2015

Application call for a one-year EU advocacy Roma health fellowship programme


With the support of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, EPHA (the European Public Health Alliance) – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health – launches a one-year fellowship programme (2015-2016) to train and mentor two Roma health EU advocates. Call for applications (pdf) The fellowship aims to empower Roma Health Advocates from CEE countries to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy-makers and to increase the (...)
01/06/2015

[Joint press release] Europe must tackle anti-Gypsyism by moving forward with the Anti-discrimination Directive


Brussels, 17 March 2015 – EU leaders must show commitment to Roma integration by reaching agreement on the long awaited Anti-Discrimination Directive (1) to tackle the factors that trap the Roma population in a vicious circle of ill-health. This is the key message that a coalition of four organisations (2) sent to Commissioner Vĕra Jourová (3), responsible both for Roma integration and anti-discrimination policies, as key Roma actors gather in Brussels (4) to discuss the (...)
17/03/2015

Wall Free Europe - Breaking down barriers for Roma


On 5 November 2014, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a public hearing took place on "Wall Free Europe" organised by ERGO Network for European Roma. The wall’s collapse marked the start of a new enlarged Europe based on fundamental values of democracy, human rights and social inclusion. On the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the hearing intended to draw public attention to today’s barriers, both physical and (...)
24/11/2014

Roma Public Health emergency - alarming European Commission data on Roma health


Health Commissioner Tonio Borg announced at the EPHA Annual Conference on 4 September 2014, that the European Commission has issued a report on the health status of the Roma population in Europe. The report concludes that Roma in Europe suffer a greater exposure to wider risks of ill health, have poorer access to preventive and healthcare services and suffer poorer health outcomes than the general population. The report also highlights that as a result of cutbacks linked to the economic (...)
23/10/2014

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2014 National Roma Integration Strategies


On 5 April 2011, the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, calling on Member States to prepare or revise National Roma Integration Strategies to more effectively address the challenges of Roma inclusion. In April 2014, the Commission presented its third assessment. EPHA provides a preliminary analysis of these recommendations, where they relate to Roma health, for each of the 28 EU Member States, ahead of discussions at the 2014 (...)
02/09/2014

[EPHA visit to Romania] Pressing need to take Roma integration seriously


EPHA participated in a country visit to Romania, as part of a ’Together for better health, for us, by us’ delegation to discuss with key Romanian stakeholders (including civil society representatives) burning questions on Roma integration. A field visit to the Romanian villages ’Araci/Árapatak’ and ’Hetea/Hete’ reinforced evidence that the Roma population is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum. Roma in Romania and Europe suffer worse (...)
20/06/2014

Roma Health Matters - Dialogue with Civil Society on Roma Integration


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) dedicated its 12 May public hearing to the issue of Roma Health and discrimination, to which EPHA, other civil society organisations and European institutions were invited . By presenting the evidence-based EPHA Position on Roma Health, EPHA highlighted the key role Roma Health Mediators (RHM) could play to promote meaningful Roma integration. Background information - ongoing EESC dialogue with the European civil society The Employment, (...)
12/05/2014

Davos for Economy, Gastein for Health. Vienna for Fundamental Rights?


On 10 and 11 April, EPHA attended the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting, representing the European public health community. This year, the main theme was “Future fundamental rights priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice – The contribution of civil society”. The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Director Morten Kjaerum suggested that the FRA should enlarge the dialogue beyond the FRP and hold a full week of human rights dialogue in Vienna in 2015. (...)
07/05/2014

eHealth Stakeholder Group report highlights importance of health inequalities


26 April, 2014 - The first reports of the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body led by DG CONNECT, were released in April. There are four major areas in which the EHSG made specific recommendations for action, including patient access to electronic health records (EHRs), wider deployment of telemedicine services, and increasing interoperability between eHealth solutions and healthcare systems. As an issue leader on health inequalities and e-Health, EPHA led a (...)
24/04/2014