The health promotion programme of the disadvantaged Roma community in the years 2007 - 2008

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The programme was implemented through community health education workers under ordered contracts between the competent regional authorities of public health and community workers.
The Programme Coordinator was the Public Health Authority of Slovakia

Project information – start and end date (if available)

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
The programme aims to improve the health status and add greater responsibility to their own health disadvantaged Roma community.

Results of the project
The implementation of the programme has been particularly beneficial in improving the condition of vaccination coverage in the children population and increasing health awareness among the population of segregated and separated Roma settlements. The positive results were obtained in connection with the implementation of the programme - they can be maintained only in conjunction with the target group - the inhabitants of segregated and separated Roma settlements - and with the respect of the principles in maintaining a healthy life style and active cooperation in changing their health and life situation. Due to the passive attitude of the target group, there were no positive results obtained within the implementation programme of improving the health and lives. More significant changes in health status and lifestyle of the target group require a long-term, continuous and systematic health education activity. The benefit was also the conducted monitoring study of the health status and life-style to obtain information on the risk cardiovascular population.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
The target group is the disadvantaged Roma community - the inhabitants of segregated and separated Roma settlements and localities.

Sources of funding
The Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic