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Position paper of the European Forum for Primary Care on the provision of primary care for the Roma in Europe: Roma Health Mediation
26.10.2016 IOM
The position paper of the European Forum for Primary Care on the provision of primary care for the Roma in Europe reflection on Roma Health Mediation as per Roma Inclusion Newsletter October 2016 "In no country the number of RHMs is sufficient yet to cover at least all larger Roma communities"
European Roma Spirit Award Ceremony 2016
The European Roma Spirit Award was initiated by the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for Roma Communities as a platform for highlighting positive contributions focused on the social inclusion of the Roma people.
Fourth Meeting of Mediators and Coordinators of Mediation Programmes from Europe in Seville, Spain
14.09.2016 IOM
In the period 6-8 June 2016, IOM, the Comisionada del Plan Integral del Polígono Sur in Seville and CESPYD-University of Seville jointly organized a fourth Study Visit in Seville, Spain as part of the Regional Pilot Intervention on “Health Mediation and the Roma” within the IOM/EC/ DG SANTE Equi-Health project (“Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma, and other vulnerable groups”).
Presentation of Regional Intervention on Roma Health Mediation
14.09.2016 IOM
IOM presents the Regional Intervention on “Health Mediation and the Roma” at the Regional conference of the Patient Access Partnership (PACT), “Cooperation within the Region: A Way to Improve Access to Quality Healthcare in CEE” held on 12-13 September 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria
CoE publishes a Thematic Report on Roma Health mediators
The Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) has recently published the Thematic Report of the Group of Experts on Roma Health Mediators (following the CAHROM thematic visit to Sofia, Bulgaria on 2-4 November 2015).
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Within the framework of the IOM/EC/DG Santé Equi-Health project (Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma and other vulnerable groups), co-financed under the 2012 work plan of the second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013), IOM initiated a Regional cooperation on health mediation within the Roma community in close partnership with governments, academia and CSOs creating a unique multi-stakeholder platform to work together on the topic of health mediation. Jointly with the Federal Public Service Health (Belgium), the National Network of Health Mediators (Bulgaria), the National Institute for Public Health (Romania), CESPYD University of Seville and the Catalonian Public Health Agency (Spain), and the Association pour l' Accueil des Voyageurs (France), IOM piloted a collaborative initiative consisting of study visits, workshops and setting-up of an e-platform with the participation of health mediators and programme coordinators from Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine and FYROM. Four study visits (Bulgaria, Belgium/France, Romania and Spain) in the period 2014-2016, organized with the active participation of all partners provided an opportunity to more than 100 participants to exchange information on national models of health mediation, learn from each other’s experiences and lay the basis of a regional network of health mediation programmes. The aim of this European network is to work towards improving health service provision to vulnerable groups via strengthening the position of the health mediator in the European healthcare system and advocating for more inclusive and equitable service delivery.

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