8 April 2021
16:00 - 17:10 CET
Roma – the largest ethnic minority in Europe – remain the most excluded and marginalized population within the European Union facing multiple social and economic barriers leading to severe inequalities in health. Recent studies have demonstrated persistent disparities between Roma and the general population in many European countries, resulting in poor health of entire communities, generational and child poverty.
Victims of anti-gypsyism – a specific form of racism –Roma struggle to access equally health services and this has long-term effects on the health status of Roma communities. In many European countries, such disparities have systemic character and are rooted in structural discrimination leading to lower access to health coverage, healthcare and prevention.
As a result, Roma face higher mortality rates, premature death and live on average 10 years shorter compared with the general population. The recent pandemic hitting hard vulnerable groups, revealed the extent of health inequalities between Roma and non-Roma by lessening their access to healthcare, including medical follow-up but also protection and prevention in COVID19.
Our policy dialogue with the Fundamental Rights Agency and Equinet discussed the factors responsible for systemic inequalities that Roma face in health, including human rights protection; reflected on the socio-economic aspects of the pandemic and their consequences for Roma health; as well exploring policy solutions which could ensure better health for all.
16.00-16:05 | Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sascha Marschang, Deputy Director, European Public Health Alliance
16:05-16:55 | Panel Discussion
Angelika Grabher-Wusche, EU Fundamental Rights Agency : COVID-19 and health inequalities between Roma and non Roma: causes and solutions
Tamás Kádár, Deputy Director and Head of Legal and Policy, Equinet : The role of national equality bodies for tackling inequalities in health: what is needed for advancing healthy and fair societies in COVID19 and beyond
Marek Szilvasi, PhD., Team Manager, Race, Ethnicity and Health Equity team, Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program : Prioritisation of Roma health in COVID19-challenges and perspectives
16:55-17:05 | Questions and Answers
17:05-17:10: Closing Remarks and Conclusion
Isabela Mihalache Senior Policy Officer at ERGO Network
Policy coordinator Health inequalities, EPHA