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There are a number of important reasons why, four years following its approval, the implementation of the National Roma Inclusion Strategy 2011-2020 has come to a near-standstill in Romania. Yet the European Commission assessment of the Strategy presents its campaigns, as well as the shrinking health mediator programme, as achievements.
The article reveals that the responsible ministries have not organised systemic actions or created the necessary institutional bodies for implementing and (...)
EPHA’s new report on Access to Childhood Vaccination emphasises the importance of ensuring free and equal access to immunisation for all children in Europe no matter their legal or economic status. Issues pertaining to access to vaccinations were also stressed at the first Science-Policy Flu Summit organised by EPHA members the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI).
Focus on Childhood Vaccination
The report discusses the barriers to parents being fully informed and (...)
Since the economic crisis, policy changes across Europe appear to be moving away from universal health systems with broad coverage to systems where sections of the population are excluded from the scope of publicly available services. A new EPHA report presents and analyses these trends from across Europe and makes a contrast between the evidence that inclusive health, social, welfare and employment policies being beneficial to the economy with recent changes and health outcomes.
As well (...)
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.
The European (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)