Toolkit on social participation. Methods and techniques for ensuring the social participation of Roma populations and other social groups in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes to improve their health (2016)

'The WHO Regional Office for Europe developed the toolkit on social participation to help various stakeholders to promote social participation in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies, programmes and activities to improve population health. This publication is intended for use by policy-makers, project coordinators, professionals and nongovernmental organizations involved in promoting social participation by the general population, including Roma and other social groups (with the understanding that social participation processes must explicitly, but not exclusively, include Roma). 

The toolkit comprises a detailed list of methods and techniques for promoting social participation throughout the policy process, providing examples and case studies mainly based on experience with promoting social participation by Roma populations in the WHO European Region.' (Source: WHO/Europe website)

If you are interested in the toolkit and you would like to download itplease, visit the following LINK.


Broaden Horizons - Networks and Experiences for Successful Roma Inclusion

This international conference is an opportunity for the presentation of projects, good practices, exchange experiences and project results, creating new partnerships and alliances for more successful Roma inclusion. The e-Roma Resource project kindly invite you to submit your materials (by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and present your projects on the platform.

The event was held on 26th and 27th November 2015 in Terme Dolenjske Toplice in Slovenia.

If you are interested in the programme and further information please, visit the following website:

HERE you can read the Conclusions of this International Conference.

A PUBLICATION is also available in the website. The publication is a result of feedback of the conference participants.


Changing the Narrative on Roma in the Context of Healthcare - Seminar Announcement

The Open Society Foundation’s Health Media Initiative (HMI) is pleased to invite you to apply to participate in a special seminar on Changing the Narrative on Roma in the Context of Healthcare, to be held from October 26 to 31 at Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg, Austria. The seminar will be given in English.

The seminar will draw upon recent research undertaken on the attitudes of healthcare professionals towards Roma, as well as on the health rights of Roma in central Europe.

The seminar will also draw upon expertise in the emerging field of Narrative Medicine, which looks at the way in which narratives shape patients’ experience of ill health and of the health care system, and can either encourage or stand in the way of empathy and understanding between clinician and patient. Through participatory exercises, participants will look at ways in which language used and stories told by health care workers shape and influence the way that Roma people are treated within and experience the health care system. Participants will learn about what recent communication research tells us about how to go about changing attitudes. Seminar attendees will also discuss the concept of human rights in patient care, and the responsibility this places on both patients and healthcare providers. As a group, we will begin to plot a way forward towards transforming narratives about Roma in the context of healthcare.

The format of the seminar will include both plenary and interactive workshop sessions.

The official Announcement and the Application Form are available as attachements.


Download this file (Salzburg seminar_Announcement HMI_070814.pdf)Seminar Announcement54 kB

Healthy Ageing of Roma Communities: Endowers, Realities, Perspectives - European-level symposium

The University of Pécs Medical School in partnership with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and in coordination with the WHO Country Office, Hungary will organize and host a European-level symposium, entitled Healthy Ageing of Roma Communities: Endowers - Realities - Perspectives.

The main objective of the event is to provide a scientific forum for the exchange of experience in promoting the health of Roma populations at community level, in accordance with:

- the new European policy framework for health and well-being (Health 2020) in general and one of its main strategic objectives concerning the reduction of health inequalities in particular; and

- the new strategic goal of the European Commission concerning healthy ageing.

The symposium will be organized in Pecs and between 27 and 29 October 2014.

For further detailed information please download the attachment which contains the scope and purpose of the planned event.

Visibility on further websites:

University of Pécs Medical School, Migrant Health Programs:

World Health Organization:


Call for papers - Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies

Dear Colleagues,

Let us inform you about the conference of the Society for Romanian Studies - Doing healthcare in post-socialist Romania: structures, practices, and experiences.

This is a call for papers for a tentative panel on healthcare in post-socialist Romania at the next conference of the Society for Romanian Studies hosted by the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Bucharest (June 17-19, 2015).

Convenors: Sabina Stan (Dublin City University) and Marius Wamsiedel (University of Hong Kong)

We are looking for papers based on in-depth case studies on healthcare in Romania that link practices at the micro level with the larger context of, on the one hand, transformations of the Romanian healthcare system and, on the other, transformations in Romanian society, economy and politics after 1989.

The topics of interest include:

- neo-liberal reforms, development and healthcare

- social geographies of access to healthcare

- healthcare and citizenship

- healthcare and national and transnational mobility

- medicalization and de-medicalization in post-socialist settings

- healthcare encounters and non-clinical evaluation of patients;

- the social life of healthcare professions: socialisation, social closure and power struggles;

- the dynamic of popular, folk and professional healthcare sectors in Romania;

- healthcare work as situated activity and contested social field

- healthcare and gender, class, and ethnic inequalities

- Roma health mediation and access to healthcare

- moralities in health care provision

- emergent technologies and medical devices

- new healthcare actors: healthcare provider corporations, pharmaceutical companies, clinical trials, private healthcare insurers

- practices of healthcare access: informal and formal payments, social and private healthcare insurance, self-medication etc.

- the experience of illness in new and old healthcare settings

- doing fieldwork in healthcare settings

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email to Marius Wamsiedel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by July 15, 2014.