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1 Break out Session Roma and Sinti Ventzislav Kirkov, Elena Buceta, Elena Yankova,

2 Key issues in the field Lack of access to healthcare Different understanding of health, health is no top priority in the community Discrimination, xenophobia Poverty (lack of education, lack of work) Lack of information about HIV prevalence among Roma HIV and STI’s in the community are shameful Lack of confidence in leaders and social security services

3 What is done already Roma health mediators in Bulgaria Community based services Mainstreaming Empowerment of women organisation by Roma for Roma Generic campaigns, peer education, using Roma staff Special national programme on Roma health in Albania Portugal: National plan for inclusion Decade of Roma Inclusion EUMC - European Observatory for Racism and Xenophobia

4 Recommendations Roma Community Involvement of mothers Identifying the leaders within the community, sustaining contact with them Involve young individuals Raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS in the community – controversial

5 Recommendations Service Providers Using increased outreach to the places where Roma live and work Provision of mobile services and out- of-school interventions Financial motivation of service providers Partnership instead of assimilation More data on HIV should be collected in consultation with Roma community


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