Towards Better Health for Roma

Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015

Presidency of Macedonia

24-25 January 2012 | Skopje, Macedonia

 

 

Agenda

 

List of Participants

 

Background Information

 

Conference Minutes

 

Photos

 

 

I. Opening Session

Moderator: Mila Carovska, H.E.R.A. - Health Education and Research Association, Macedonia 

 

Introduction to the Conference “Towards Better Health for Roma”

Mila Carovska, Programme Coordinator H.E.R.A. - Health Education and Research Association, Macedonia 

 

Opening Speeches 

 

Nezdet Mustafa, Minister without Portfolio, National Coordinator of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015, Macedonia   

 

Jovica Andonovski, Deputy Minister of Health, Macedonia 

 

Bojan Jovanovski, Executive Director H.E.R.A. – Health Education and Research Association, Macedonia

 

Zharko Trajanovski, Member of the Executive Board, Foundation Open Society Macedonia 

 

Marija Kisman, Country Representative, WHO Country Office, Macedonia 

 

Francois M. Farah, UNFPA Representative in Romania, and the Country Director for Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia

 

Axelle Cheney, Policy Officer, Roma Coordination Unit, European Commission DG Justice 

 

 

II. Press Conference 

 

 

III. Panel Session 1: Scaling Up Action for Roma Health in Decade Countries through the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020

Chair: Elvis Ali, EU Delegation in Macedonia 

 

Objective: European Commission representative to present the “EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020”; representatives of Decade of Roma Inclusion countries should reflect on the health component of their recently submitted National Roma Strategies (developed according to the Framework)

 

Stepping up Roma Health in Europe: The EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies

Axelle Cheney, Policy Officer, Roma Coordination Unit, European Commission DG Justice

 

Strategy of Slovak Republic for Roma Inclusion 2020: Health Component

Juraj Kuruc, Coordinator for international cooperation, Office of the Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities,  Slovakia

 

Health Component of the National Roma Integration Strategy

Jozsef Solymosy, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Health Development, Hungary 

 

National Strategy for Roma Integration in the Republic of Bulgaria - 2012-2020

Rossitsa Ivanova, Secretary of the National Council for Cooperation, Bulgaria

 

 

IV. Panel Session 2: Human Rights Approach to the Health of Roma in the EU Context

Chair: Silva Pesic, Human Rights Adviser Office of the UN Resident Coordinator

 

Objective: This session should contour the importance of the human rights approach to the health related issues. Representatives of international and national non-governmental organizations will share their experiences and challenges with the human rights approach when working on Roma health issues.

 

Community Monitoring Project in Macedonia

Zoran Bikovski, NGO KHAM on behalf of four Macedonian NGOs (Lil-Skopje, CDRIM-Skopje, Kham-Delcevo and Roma SOS-Prilep) 

 

The Right to Health Care: The ROMED Solution

Henry Scicluna, Adviser to the Special Representative for Roma Issues of the Council of Europe 

 

Roma Health Mediators: Successes and Challenges

Alina Covaci, Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations

 

Strategic Framework for Roma Health Mediators in Macedonia

H.E.R.A. - Health Education and Research Association, Macedonia

 

Access to Health Services among Vulnerable Roma Communities: Evidence from a Regional Survey

Rabia Ali, World Bank

 

Challenges of Data Production for Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies Targeting Roma in the Area of Health

Jaroslav Kling, Project Manager, Poverty Reduction Practice, Europe and the CIS, Bratislava Regional Centre UNDP 

 

Possible Approaches to the Issue of Ethnicity-Sensitive Data Collection

 

 

V. Panel Session 3: Access to Primary Health Care

Chair: Igor Veljkovic, Health Officer, UNICEF

 

Objective: To discuss different practices of increasing the access to primary health care for the Roma community. Decade of Roma Inclusion countries and civil society representatives will present their best practices and challenges on Roma access to primary health care. Possible topics for discussion are: health insurance, vaccination, reproductive health, specialized treatment. 

 

Access to Health Care: The Role of the Patronage Nursing System

Igor Veljkovic, Health Officer, UNICEF

 

Equi Sastipen: How Health Services Can Contribute to Improved Roma Health through a Comprehensive Approach

Ricardo Hernandez and Pilar Campos Esteban, Head of Sector for Health Promotion, Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality, Spain

 

Roma Health Mediators in Romania

Dr. Alexandra Constantinescu, PsyD, Coordinator UIS, MS, Counsellor for European Affairs, Social Inclusion Unit Coordinator, Ministry of Health, Romania

 

Improvement of Roma Health and Wellbeing in Serbia

Dragan Djordjevic, Advisor, Ministry of Health, Serbia

 

Health and Health Care for the Roma in Republic of Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Elena Kosevska, Institute of Public Health, Macedonia

 

Best Practices and Challenges on Roma Access to Health Care: The Decisive Role of Health Mediators

Anife Hasan, RHM-Bulgaria & Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director BFPA, Bulgaria 

 

Health Advising Center as a Positive Practice for Local Improvements of the Health Status of the Roma Community

Nesime Salioska, NGO Roma SOS

 

 

VI. Presentation of the National Declaration of Skopje “Roma Health Equity” and Call for Increased Commitment for an Action on Roma Health across Decade Countries

Presenter: Jovica Andonovski, Deputy Minister of Health, Republic of Macedonia

 

Skopje Declaration on Roma Health Equity

 

English | Macedonian

 

 

VII. Closing

 

Nezdet Mustafa, Presidency of the Decade of Roma Inclusion of the Republic of Macedonia 

     

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