The Roma Health Fellowship aims to empower Roma community advocates from CEE countries to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers and to increase the capacity of the Roma community for leadership on Roma health at EU level.

MAJA SAITOVIC – JOVANOVIC

Maja Saitovic – Jovanovic was one of the three EPHA Roma Health Fellows under the 1st Roma Health Fellowship programme (2012-2014) sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. The overarching goal of the programme was to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance included mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitated establishing partnerships and potential collaborations with relevant EU actors.

Background

Maja Saitovic – Jovanovic graduated in 2006 from the Medical Faculty – University of Nis in Serbia as a dentist. In 2007, Maja got enrolled for postgraduate studies in “Roma Access Program” (RAP), in the Central European University in Budapest. In 2007, Maja was accepted as an intern in the European Commission and was the first Roma trainee at the Directorate General for Health & Consumer Protection, (DG SANCO), in Luxembourg.

Guided with a desire to specialize in public health, Maja completed in 2008 MA in Environmental Health at the Cyprus International Institute for the Environment and Public Health in association with Harvard School of Public Health.

In 2010 Maja attended an MA program in Health Management at the Medical University of Belgrade in Serbia. Maja has been actively participating at various national and international Roma health projects starting from 2004 and was a consultant for the WHO Serbia on Roma health in 2009. Since September 2010, Maja joined the Open Society Foundations Public Health Program in Budapest as a program coordinator on Roma health.

“As a result of the program, I feel that I understand better processes on developing European Parliament reports in particular I also understand better the main roles and the functions of the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of Ministers.”

Maja Saitovic – Jovanovic

Former EPHA-OSF Roma Fellow, 1st Roma Health Fellowship Programme (2012-2014)

SEBIHANA SKENDEROVSKA

Sebihana Skenderovska was one of the three EPHA Roma Health Fellows under the 1st Roma Health Fellowship programme (2012-2014) sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. The overarching goal of the programme was to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance included mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitated establishing partnerships and potential collaborations with relevant EU actors.

Background

Sebihana Skenderovska graduated at the University Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje (Macedonia), at the 
Faculty of Philology Blazhe Koneski as a teacher of Macedonian and South-Slavic literature and Macedonian language.

In 2006, Sebihana was intern in the European Parliament at the office of Viktória Mohácsi, ex Roma Member of the European Parliament from Hungary.

Sebihana has been working for the National Roma Centrum (NRC) since 2005 as a Program coordinator for women and youth. The NRC promotes people’s access to fundamental rights and advocates for a consistency in the principle of equality before the law when legitimate rights are affected.

In 2007 NRC developed the programme for health, which has been led by Sebihana since then. From 2007 onwards, the focus of Sebihana’s work is the health of Romani women with special attention to sexual and reproductive health and rights of Romani and economically vulnerable women.

Since 2005, Sebihana is board member of the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF).

“The advocacy knowledge I gained was used during the project implementation I was leading in Macedonia through increased voice to better health services for Romani women.”

Sebihana Skenderovska

Former EPHA-OSF Roma Fellow, 1st Roma Health Fellowship Programme (2012-2014)

MARIUS RADULESCU

Marius Radulescu was one of the three EPHA Roma Health Fellows under the1st Roma Health Fellowship programme (2012-2014) sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. The overarching goal of the programme was to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance included mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitated establishing partnerships and potential collaborations with relevant EU actors.

Background

Marius Radulescu holds a master degree on Social Policies in the European Context from the University of Bucharest (Romania) and has over 5 years experience in the governmental and non-governmental sector, participating at the coordination and implementation of projects aimed on social inclusion and improving the health situation of vulnerable groups, focused on Roma population.

“Now, I understand more broadly, how to elaborate and implement an advocacy strategy on Roma Health in Romania. I also feel more confident when I have an advocacy meeting and the discussion is in English.

Marius Radulescu

Former EPHA-OSF Roma Fellow, 1st Roma Health Fellowship Programme (2012-2014)

FLORIN NASTURE

Florin Nasture is one of the two EPHA Roma Health Fellows under the Roma Health Fellowship programme sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. The overarching goal of the programme is to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance includes mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitates establishing partnerships and potential collaborations with relevant EU actors.

Background

Florin joined EPHA as a Roma Health Fellow in July 2015. Florin Nasture is a Roma advocate from Romania who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the National School of Public Administration, Bucharest. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology and Theology at Bucharest University, where he also obtained a Masters degree in Strategic Management. In addition, he obtained a Master in Social Development Practice from London Metropolitan University. Since 1997, he has been involved in Roma Civil Society, first as a project coordinator for the Romani Criss Foundation and then as senior manager for the Roma Education Fund. Florin Nasture has a long standing experience delivering training programmes as part of projects implemented by different organizations in the areas of community mobilization and development, conflict resolution and mediation, democratic participation, project management and education.

In all his work, Florin Nasture has been guided by the principles of community development, gaining significant expertise in civic mobilization and community empowerment.

“I am much more involved in promoting access to health services at local level,  I understand the role of NGOs and which steps need to be followed in advocating policies at both national and EU level.”

Florin Nasture

Former EPHA-OSF Roma Fellow, 2nd Roma Health Fellowship Programme (2015-2016)

DIANA PIRJOL

Diana Pirjol is one of the two EPHA Roma Health Fellows under the Roma Health Fellowship programme sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. The overarching goal of the programme is to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance includes mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitates establishing partnerships and potential collaborations with relevant EU actors.

Background

Diana joined EPHA as a Roma Health Fellow in July 2015. Diana is a public health professional with approximately 2-3 years of global experience in offering technical assistance to project teams, as part of her work at the World Bank. Specifically, she was part of the team evaluating the technical quality of a $78 million lending project and overseen the implementation of health impact evaluations. Previously, she served as a policy and project officer in a Brussels-based umbrella cancer patient organization where she was in charge of several pan-European projects. She also held leadership positions in youth societies, most recently as the World Bank Youth Engagement Lead.

Her dedication to academic affairs has provided her with scholarships in the past, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates (55 awarded out of over 3,500 prospective candidates) and the Vrije University Fellowship (only 3 awarded from 60 candidates). During her postgraduate training in epidemiology, she specialized in non-communicable diseases and impact evaluations. She also has a public policy background, specializing in health system performance, social inclusion and monitoring and evaluations. She is interested in applying her technical expertise to projects in health system strengthening, social inclusion and beyond.

“The programme enhanced my knowledge on the role of EU institutions and non-for-profit organizations based in Brussels and I gained a broader perspective on some of the initiatives taken at EU level relevant for Roma integration.”

Diana Pirjol

Former EPHA-OSF Roma Fellow, 2nd Roma Health Fellowship Programme (2015-2016)

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