Roma women in bad health situation in 11 EU countries

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The research of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights shows that 50-year old Roma women stated that their health situation goes from bad to worse. This percentage, according to the research, is twice as big compared with non-Roma women (55% and 29%). But, on the other side, many Roma have not reported problems regarding the accessibility of the health protection and healthcare in situations when they needed it. 

 

50-year old Roma women face a very bad health situation in eleven EU countries. This situation is derived in comparison with non-Roma women with the same age and from the same countries. This was shown by the research of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights which, in close cooperation with the European Commission, the member-states in which the research was conducted, UNDP and World Bank, decided that they should work on the creation of indicators and on gathering data about strategies for Roma integration, especially on local level.

The research was conducted in collaboration with the European Commission, UNDP and World Bank. It was conducted in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. It included 10811 Roma and 5508 non-Roma, all citizens of these states. The people were interviewed in person, which enabled data collection of almost 61000 members of the households. 

The research was conducted in 2011 and was published 2 – 3 months ago. It shows that 24% of Roma women, aged 20 – 64 stated that they are employed, contrary to 40% of Roma men. In the area of healthcare, the Roma women aged 50 said that their health situation is going from bad to worse. This percentage, according to the research, is twice as big compared with non-Roma women (55% and 29%). On the other hand, most of the Roma didn’t report any problems regarding the accessibility of the heath protection and healthcare in situations when they needed it. Only 5% of the Roma women and 4% of the Roma men said that although they urgently needed medical care, they couldn’t see a doctor or get to a doctor in the past 12 months.  

You can find more information from the analysis of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, based on the results obtained on gender structuralism, on the next link:

http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ep-request-roma-women.pdf

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