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Joint pro-Roma civil society contribution to the public consultation on access to health services in the EU

The European Commission and the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) have launched a public consultation on the preliminary opinion on the ‘Access to health services in the European Union’. EPHA facilitated a joint submission of EPHA Roma Health Fellows and pro-Roma NGOs in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia participating in the ’Together for Better Health’ consortium on the Roma relevant part of the preliminary opinion. Joint pro-Roma (...)

Making Roma Health a priority – from formal statements to specific indicators

According to the EU founding treaty, ensuring human health and promoting solidarity towards equitable and universal coverage of quality health services should be part of all EU policies. That health should be a priority for EU policies is also confirmed by the Europe 2020 Strategy, which states that a healthy population is essential for achieving growth for all in a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU economy. But what are the challenges of making health a priority at national level in the (...)

Does having more children increase your risk of coronary heart disease?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one cause of death for women in the world and often has a notable effect on an individual’s life. Previous studies suggest that biological and physiological changes during pregnancy may affect the risk of cardiovascular disease, including CHD. These links were further explored by a recent study which was conducted by our Roma health fellow, Diana Pirjol, as part of her research. The study suggests that women with large families are (...)

[EPHA event] The case of connecting Roma people living in secluded communities to basic healthcare

The 2015 EPHA conference explored 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 sought to draw lessons from previous health policy-making and identify challenges and opportunities for (...)

One-year EU advocacy Roma health fellowship programme

With the support of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, EPHA runs a one-year fellowship programme (2015-2016) to train and mentor two Roma health EU advocates. The overarching goal of the programme is to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance includes mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitates establishing partnerships and (...)

[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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

[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 (...)

[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 (...)