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Mediators will identify cases of discrimination in access to health services
Vice-President of ICF “Chiricli” Zemfira Kondur and Roma mediators (training participants). Photo by ICF “Chiricli”.
Vice-President of ICF “Chiricli” Zemfira Kondur and Roma mediators (training participants).

Roma mediators will identify cases of discrimination in access to health services and help Roma to obtain legal advice. To train mediators do it professionally and also distinguish the cases of discrimination, violations of patients ' rights on 16-17 July the relevant training was conducted for mediators in Uzhgorod.

The implementation of the project "Support to the network of Roma health mediators" that is implemented with the support of International Renaissance Foundation is going on in Ukraine.

During the implementation of the new phase of the project mediators will continue their activities like in previous years. A distinctive feature of the current phase of the project is that Roma mediators will identify cases of discrimination in access to health services. If earlier they learned about such cases and just informed ICF “Chiricli” that implements the project and response occurred subsequently, it is now the mediators who will record such cases and help Roma to obtain legal advice.

This will occur through redirection of the Roma legal centres or legal centres that provide free advice. Sometimes the mediators will be able to help resolve the conflicts that arise on the spot.

There will also be the appropriate reaction in such cases, the collection of information. Subsequently, ICF “Chiricli” plans to present all the collected cases, the cases at the national level to prove that the Roma are discriminated against when receiving health or social services.

The training was designed for mediators that will be directly involved in this project to identify evidence of discrimination in access to health services. As well as how to fix these cases, what to do in such situations, where to redirect the Roma to obtain legal aid and so on.

The training was attended by mediators from 6 regions of Ukraine. After training, representatives of ICF “Chiricli” with the head of Transcarpathian Charitable Foundation "Blago" Eleonora Kulchar people visited the Roma settlement in the village of Kholmok near Uzhgorod (pictured below).  

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The meeting was held with Romani women to learn whether they face various forms of discrimination when receiving social and medical services in the settlement of Radvanka.

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Meeting with Romani women in Radvanka. Photo by ICF “Chiricli”.

It is worth noting that people are sometimes quite ignorant, especially in Uzhgorod district. They don't even know, for example, who are social workers. On the contrary, in Uzhgorod the Roma are educated, they know more about their rights. But when facing discrimination every day, they are so used to it that don't even see it as a violation of their rights on an ethnic basis.  


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