Roma health newsletter , Issue 3 - January 2013 - WHO

Dear colleagues,

Under the following link you can find the 3rd issue of Roma health newsletter published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

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ADAPT Budapest 2012

Download this file (ADAPT_RHN.pdf)Introduction of RomaHealthNetwork2123 kB


RomaHealthNetwork Presentation Day

We are pleased to inform you about the RomaHealthNetwork Presentation Day held on 25th of October 2012, at the University of Pecs Medical School.

The virtual network has opened on 25th of February 2012. Since then we contacted more than two hundred experts interested in Roma integration and we uploaded hundreds of articles, events, organizations, etc.

At the moment we can proud of 31 registered member from 11 countries on RomaHealthNetwork. Several Roma related organizations placed a direct link to RomaHealthNetwork on their website.

Please find enclosed the Agenda of the Event and a short Introduction about RomaHealthNetwork.

Here you can see the Gallery of the event.

Moderator Team

Childhood diseases among Roma minority

We are planning to start a separeted forum to Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) because several survey had shown high rate of childhood disease infections among Roma minority in Europe.

Under the following link we would like to draw your attention to an interesting report where you can find further useful links e.g. a detailed overview presented by Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director.

"A new research shows that vaccination rates against measles are lower than 15% among children under five living in Roma settlements in Belgrade. The same study showed that immunisation against  diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (with the DTP vaccine) is just 16.7% while  only 16% have received the oral polio vaccine."

The majority of the undervaccinated groups belongs to "hard-to-reach" / underserved populations. These undervaccinated groups mean serious risk factor on spreading VPDs in the "borderless" European Union.

If you would like to know more about this issue, here you can find the Global Measles & Rubella Strategic Plan 2012-2020.

If you have any remarks and/ or useful information on this topic please share it via the internal mailing system of RomaHealthNetwork or contact the Moderator Team.

Moderator Team

New FRA pilot survey on Roma

The situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States - Survey results at a glance

Roma - Europe's largest minority of 10-12 million people - continue to experience discrimination and social exclusion; and they are not sufficiently aware of their rights guaranteed by EU law, such as the Racial Equality Directive. This report presents the first results of the FRA Roma pilot survey and the UNDP/World Bank/European Commission regional Roma survey carried out in 2011.

You can download the document under the following link.