| Meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Health, National Council on Ethnic and Integration Issues, Commission for Protection against Discrimination and Regional Health Inspectorate-Sofia district |
20.03.2014 ZdravenMediator.net - Marina Krivonozova
On March 14, 2014 National
Network of Health mediators presented to key institutions Roma MATRIX interim
project results. The project aims to combat racism, intolerance and xenophobia
in ten European countries.
Ethnic Minorities Health
Problems Foundation announced the launch of a new project - "Improving Access
to Health Care for Vulnerable Groups and Communities through Advocacy and Promoting
Sustainable Practices at the Local Level", funded by program to support
NGO in Bulgaria within the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. The project
started in January 2014 and will be implemented in three target areas (for
shortlisting are Sofia region, Montana and Yambol).
The meeting was attended by
Prof. Chavdar Slavov, Deputy Minister of Health, Rosica Ivanova, NCCEII,
Secretary to Council of Ministers, Baki Huseynov, Deputy President of the
Commission for Protection against Discrimination, and representatives of RHI-Sofia
Prof. Chavdar Slavov
welcomed the efforts of the team and confirmed that he will contribute to
improving the access to health care for vulnerable groups and communities, and
will initiate a working group in the Ministry of Health, which would be committed
to the changes in the profile of the work of Health mediators and to the
increasing their scope of work.
During the meeting were
discussed ways to prevent some common
cases of discrimination based on ethnicity. RHI-Sofia district willed to
consider cases involving healthcare and to work on notifications related to
Mr. Baki Huseynov noted that
the Commission for Protection against Discrimination has the ability both to
respond to specific signals from citizens or groups of citizens and to deal on
legislative texts and regulations that are discriminatory in nature and
encouraged the team that there may be changes after the signal.
The worrying trend for
segregation of schools and classes in many places was also disscused at the
meeting. Unfortunately, on this question are not taken any measures by school
principals and local mayors, but is also considered a natural process that
doesn’t have practices on influenceing.
On behalf of the project
team in the meeting participated the project Manager and the project Coordinator
- Tsveta Petkova and Dilyana Dilkova. The workshop brought together experts
from NNHM and Ethnic Minorities Health Problems Foundation - Prof. Ivaylo Tournev,
Ognyan Kamenov and Vencislav Kirkov from Bulgarian Family Planning Association.
As a result of the workshop,
the team expects cooperation between institutions engaged in non-tolearation of
discriminatory practices, to increase the number of solved cases and to help
solve them out of court.