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