Sodelovanje za zdravje Romov - SORO/Cooperation for Roma Health - SORO

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Country/partner countries
Slovenia, Norway

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Ljudska univerza Kočevje/People's University of Kočevje
Contact Person 1: Urška Brinovec

Contact Person 2: Julija Škarabot Plesničar

telephone number: 00386 01 8938 270

Project information – start and end date (if available)
27.2.2015 – 30.4.2016

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
The majority of Roma population lives in inadequate living conditions, to which poor hygiene, poor diet, smoking, illegal drug consumption, and lack of physical activity are linked. These factors directly increase risks to their overall health. Besides limited access to healthcare, Roma population have also shown to have trouble communicating with healthcare staff and poor recognition of disease signs and consequently limited use of preventive measures. By developing and testing programmes, the project SORO should contribute to narrowing the gap in the health status between the Roma and general population.

Results of the project
There will be 5 pilot training programmes developed and implemented for 590 participants. A plan for health care in the field will be designed and implemented. It will include at least 200 visits to a healthcare worker. The programmes will be designed for Roma communities, especially for women in SE Slovenia and the experts who work with them.

With the help of partner from Norway we will also manage to set up a support network for families of addicts and people with mental health problems in the region, which will include a transfer of best practices from the donor country.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
The Roma population is one of socially disadvantaged population groups and a group with increased health risk. There are approximately 1,440 Roma living in the Municipality of Kočevje and Municipality of Novo mesto (SE Slovenian region). The Roma live in poor living conditions, often without basic opportunities resulting in deficient hygiene, poor diet and lack of physical inactivity, all of which directly raises the level of health risk of the Roma.

Sources of funding
Norway grants, Republic of Slovenia Government office for development and European cohesion policy