| Second Meeting of Mediators and Coordinators of Mediation Programmes from Europe in Brussels, Belgium |
Between 17thand 19th November 2014 representatives of the National Network of Health Mediators
participated in the second work meeting from the Regional Pilot Programme “Health Mediation
among Roma Community” within the project “EQUI HEALTH -
Fostering Health Provision for Migrants, the Roma and Other Vulnerable Groups”
implemented by the International Organisation for Migration.
The Network was presented by Diliana Dilkova (member of the Management
Board of NNHM), Sabire Ramadan (member of the Management Bord of NNHM and
Health mediator in Septemvri Municipality), Katya Kirilova and Antoaneta Eftimova (Health
mediators in Blagoevgrad Municipality). Coordinators of intercultural and
health mediation, (health) mediatoras, representatives of different
institutions from Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia
and Croatia also shared their experience.
The representatives from Belgium, France and Romania presented in
details the mediation
models in their countries. Two site-visits in Roma settlements were organised.
The guests had opportunity to visit working centre of non-governmental
organisation Foyer in Brussels, which is developing successful intercultural
approach of mediation for years. Belgium mediators, including our Bulgarian colleague
Biser Alekov, told us about their work with migrant-children and their families to attract
them to school and education.
In Lille, France, the non-governmental organisation AREAS works in several settlements,
where migrant Roma people live, coming mainly from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia,
Croatia. Bulgarian Health mediators met Bulgarian Roma families and discussed with them theirdifficulties - limited living space (big families are living in trailers), poor
sanitation (one source of water for 150-200 people), remoteness from the town
The third day of the work meeting was dedicated to discussing the impressions of the
participants from previous days and for exchanging of new
ideas for joint work. The main idea is the developing of European network of mediators, where mediators from
different counties would be able to communicate through the Internet. This
would be very helpful in work with migrants, especially when it is necessary some documentation to be provided or there is a need of information.
In 2015 more meetings will be organised to discuss issues related to the ethical
code, training programmes, selection criteria for mediators, opportunities for
advocacy before European commission about support for this new network.
All activities under the pilot initiative “Health Mediation among Roma
Community” were filmed. Meetings, site-visits, impressions and work of
Bulgarian Health mediators will be presented in 20-minutes film, which has to
show before European institutions and all communities the importance and necessity of Mediation
programmes on European and state level.
The trailer of the movie could be seen here in Bulgarian and English.
More information about the first work meeting, held in Bulgaria (June 2014), could be read here.