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March 2015

Public Prosecution in Skopje should not allow the poorest people to become criminals in their own country for an act that legally is not prosecuted ex officio “Is it possible that 3 534 citizens from 11 municipalities in the process of re-registration of health insurance to think to commit the same crime?”

06.03.2015

infografik ojo za web1. The problem

The Health Insurance Fund of Macedonia in 2014 filed 3 534 criminal charges to the Basic public prosecutors in 11 municipalities against the insurers – unemployed people and people with lower incomes and insist they to be convicted, and additional new criminal charges are expected to be filed during the 2015.

The information was confirmed by the responses to the submitted Requests for public information to 22 Basic public prosecutors in the territory of the Republic of Macedonia.

October 2014

TRIBUNES CONTINUED in Vinica and Kocani

27-28.10.2014

tribini1“Roma in Vinica face violation of humanity, and availability of health care, and in Kocani- the right to equal treatment in provision of thehealth services”

Within the series of forums entitled as “How to recognize violations of the rights of health care and to seek protection in realizing them?”that are currently being implemented in order to educate the Roma community and to document new cases of litigation, municipalities of Vinica and Kocani were included as well.

Logistical support was provided by Roma Information Centers and the Association of Roma “AVENA”, and the discussions resulted in the following observations:

1. Vinica 27.10.2014 – 20 attendees

During the discussion in this municipality five cases were presented in which patients suspect that their rights as patients have been violated and they face: inadequate access to services and information about health condition which leads to worsening of their health.

One patient gained severe disability while giving birth and beside that she was sent to home treatment, 13 year old boy from 53% ended up with 93% visual impairment, while a newborn passed away of unknown causes two days after the birth. Additionally, 4 year old child was not vaccinated because of lack of medical documentation of conducted tests and analyzes, and 53 yearold female patient failed to access information about possible ways of treatment abroad.

tribini2The absence of health facilities that provide secondary and tertiary health care for residents of Vinica is the most important problem in using health services.

Additionally,Roma because of lack of finances to cover their travel expenses for treatment in another municipality, are not able to monitor their health conditioncontinually and to undertake the necessary measures in order to exercise their rights.

2. Kocani 28.10.2014 – 21 attendees

Of all elaborated cases in this municipality, the following stand out: 40 year old woman ended with diabetes due to incorrect diagnoses, and 20 yearold female patient was charged 200 denars by her doctor gynecologist for echo examination and was not given a receipt; the debt was noted on her medical record because of her inability to pay for the service at the moment.

tribini3Withholding the health care cards when patients are unable to pay for the health services that were provided, and the segregation of Roma women and their children at the Department of pediatrics when hospitalized, were emphasized as general problems of the Roma community.

The most specific thing in this municipality was the elaboration of a systemic violation of the right of access to hospital health care and it was noticed by the patients atP.H.I. General Hospital Kocani that the Department of pediatrics requires payment of 1.000 denars in advance before receiving a Roma child for treatment.

Photograps of the activity

September 2014

Law in practice: Analysis of the challenges in the legal protection of the right to health and health care of the Roma from the practice of ROMA S.O.S.

02.09.2014

analiza_enLaw in practice: Analysis of the challenges in the legal protection of the right to health and health care of the Roma from the practice of ROMA S.O.S.is a publication which outlines the current situation, identified obstacles and challenges that Roma are facing in the realization and protection of the right to health and the rights associated with it, through the experiences gained in the processes of litigation for the four cases in which legal basis for initiating litigation was identified.

This analysis is intended to help in identifying and dealing with violations of the rights of health care and unequal treatment of Roma in their access to health services i.e. practice that was created in advocating health rights of the Roma to be a positive example for interested parties in initiating legal actions on identified violations of the rights.

August 2014

The number of Roma who are not allowed to cross the borders of Macedonia is increasing – confirmation of systemic discrimination exercising the right of free movement, 29.08.2014 Prilep

29.08.2014

In the past period, ROMA S.O.S. by offering free legal aid and as part of the Network for protection against discrimination, has documented 5 cases of Roma who were not allowed to leave the territory of the Republic of Macedonia and travel to the countries of the European Union on the grounds, according to the border police, that they might be possible asylum seekers. One of those cases was registered in Bitola, at the border crossing Medzitlija which is between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece, and the remaining 4 cases were at the border crossing Tabanovce which is between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia.
In all cases, people who have traveled had the requred documents (biometric passport, letter of guarantee for the place of their stay, enough money, a return ticket), which showed that there werenot an asylum seekers and intended to return in the legally permitted period of stay out of the Republic of Macedonia t.e. 90 days. Despite this, they had not been allowed to leave the territory of the Republic of Macedonia and their right to free movement was limited,they were left at the border and their passports were stamped with a stamp with two oblique lines that denote the ban to exit the Republic of Macedonia within 24 hours.[1]

What is particularly worrying is the situation because the problem still exists and the number of such cases is increasing continuously although a decision by the Constitutional Court was made on 25.06.2014 year (at the initiative of a group of associations) which abolished two articles of the Law on travel documents and the confiscation of passport by the border police was seen as unconstitutional. Additionally, Basic Court Skopje 2 – Skopje in May 2014 made a judgment that determined discrimination in a case of Roma who was not allowed to leave the territory of Macedonia under anassumption that he is an asylum seekers in the EU countries, according to the Law on prevention and protection from discrimination (by a procedure of MYLA).

In order to contribute to determine the cause of the increased number of Roma who are returning from border crossings because they are not allowed to exit the territory of the Republic of Macedonia, on 24.07.2014 a meeting with the inspector for prevention form the Department for prevention of MOI-PS Dejan Angeleski – Prilep was held. At the meeting, our concern about the situation was expressed and an explainationabout the reasons for the returning of Roma from the border crossings between Macedonia and other countries was asked. Since the Department for prevention has only an advisory role regarding the necessary documents that all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia should have when traveling to the EU countries and what are the consequences for asylum seekers, a need to arrange a meeting with officials of the border police was identified, that as a competent institution would be able to discuss with the citizens and gain more information on how to prevent this limitation of the right to free movement.

The meeting was held on 29.08.2014, at the premises of ROMA S.O.S. Prilep in presence of 30 Roma from the settlement Trizla 2, including people whohave directly faced discrimination at the border crossings and who were not allowed to leave the territory of the Republic of Macedonia, representative of the Regional center for border affairs “Jug”, an independent inspector for cross-border crime and migration, Jane Tolev, Daniel Georgiev, Senior inspector for border affairs in the Regional center Jugi, Zoran Avramoski, inspectors in NKKR Prilep and a representative of the Department for prevention at MOI – PS Prilep, Senior inspector Dejan Angeleski and Josif Georgievski, commander of the PS of GN Staravina.

During the discussion part of the participants were returned from the border crossings although they had all necessary documents and they had evidence that were not asylum seekers, but people who want to visit their relatives and friends.

Filibe Emrulovska wanted to visit his son in Germany, and even though she had all the necessary documents for her traveling abroad, she was not allowed to cross the state border. That night at 1:30 a.m., she was retained, and then sent back from the border crossing Tabanovce.

“I have a valid biometric passport, 2 letters of guarantee, one from Austria and one from Germany, travel and health insurance, but it was not enough for me to leave the country. I told them that I have 600 euros, and they asked me how can I spend 90 days with that sum of money? The guarantee letter which was sent by my son, clearly states that all costsfor my stay in Germany will be on his burden. I did not go abroad neither to worknor to see the country, but to help my son with the obligations with the baby. I was returned back, and even  today I do not know why”.

Ibrahim’s story, husband and father of five-month baby, is similar. Some time ago, his wife and the baby were stopped in their intention to travel to Austria “In the bus she was traveling by,she was the only Roma while all other passengers were Macedonians and Albanians. Although she had all the necessary documents, the police did not let her through the border. Of all the passengers, she was the only one who was taken off the bus and sent back. When she asked  the police officer why he did not let her through, he told her “because I say so” After a week, they tried to leave again and they had 2,500 euros, but still, they were returned. Her bag with clothes was kicked. It is shameful what they do to a woman with a baby just because they are Roma.

Alil Rustemoski asked the police inspectors to explain his returning back from the border  although he had a passport, a return ticket and a letter of guarantee and yet, it was not enough for him to travel to Germany to visit his child.

“So far, I have visited my child in Germany 4 times. Twice I have travelled by plane and twice by bus. I have always returned back in to the legal period of time, and I have never stayed even a day longer. The last time when I wanted to go, I was sent back. I told him “Sir, tell me why are you sending me back when I have all the necessary documents”, and he just arrogantly replied “go away, I will not repeat twice”. I am retired, why would I seek asylum? This is pure discrimination against Roma, there is no other problem”.

Jane Tolev, a cross-border crime and migration inspectorin the Regional center for border affairs “Jug” from Kavadarci, noted that the border police conducts enhanced control in order to detect potential asylum seekers. If there are any doubts that the purpose of the journey in one of the EU member countries is abuse of the visa free regime, those persons are not allowed by the police to exit the territory of the Republic of Macedonia “Lately, the number of asylum seekers in the EU countries has increased. Municipalities from where the asylum seekers most often come have been detected. On average, every week, 4 to 7 persons from Prilep are deported from some European country. There is a rigorous control of the travel documents, interviews are held with the people who are traveling abroad, and also there is a profile of ​​possible asylum seekers”.

* This event was covered by the media and the story was published in the news on TV MRT 1, TV Channel 5, TV Channel Vizija and also an article was published on the web portals of Nova TV and Channel 5.

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* Additionally ROMA S.O.S. in July 2014 submitted a complaint to the Ombudsman for one of the documented cases that requires protection from discrimination of 6-membered familyon ethnic grounds as well as to protect the right of free movement and exit the territory  the Republic of Macedonia, since they were not allowed to leave the border crossing Tabanovce and travel to the Republic of Serbia. The Ombudsman, acting upon the complaint, indicated the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the inappropriate actions of the officials at border crossings that violate the provisions of the European Convention on Protection of the Human Rights regarding the prohibition of discrimination, at the UN Convention on elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, the European Directive 2000/43 from June 2000 and violation of Article 3 in the context of Article 6 of the Law on Prevention and Protection from Discrimination.

Also, because of the frequency of this occurrence by banning exit from the Republic of Macedonia by Roma and the majority of received complaints, the Ombudsman with the response on the complaint, informed us that he had submitted Information to the Government of the Republic of Macedonia that requests the matter to be reviewed at a higher level and measures to be undertaken in accordance with the authority of the Government in order to overcome this phenomenon that puts some citizens in an unequal position compared to other citizens who travel across the borders of the Republic of Macedonia. In the information, the Ombudsman also expressed an opinion on the need for upgrading the legislation that governs this issue and if the citizen is not eligible to leave the state, to get a elaborated written decision about the reasons for which his exit is not allowed, and thereby he can achieve further protection of his rights.

Eventually, the Ombudsman gives advice about the possibility of court proceedings for protection from discrimination under the Law on Prevention and Protection from Discrimination, considering that there is already positive court practice for this type and form of discrimination.

Photographs of the activity


[1] Namely, in December 2009 in MacedoniaVisa liberalization for entry in 25 countries of the EU and the Schengen zonewas introduced. According to thereports ofEU,especially in Germany and Belgium the number of asylum seekers from the Roma community in the European countries had increasedandtheRepublic of Macedonia wasinstructed to take restrictive measuresfor people leaving the country inorder to avoid the revocation of visa liberalization. As a result, amendmentshave beenmade​​and necessity of having additional documentswasintroducedin order to exitthe country,after what,mostly Roma community faces unequal treatment at the bordercrossingsandthey arenot allowed to leave the territoryundersuspicion ofbeingpossibleasylumseekers.

TRIBUNES: Stip, Kicevo and Gostivar

27-29.08.2014

poster-tribiniOrganization of these forums was part of the project “Roma Health – basic human right”, while election of municipalities was made ​​on the grounds on findings that inthose Roma communities there are no active associations that promote and advocate health rights.

– through these forums the association presented its gained experience in terms of providing legal aid to Roma population in cases when their access to health services and rights were limited, untimely and inappropriate, and had resulted in serious consequences for their health. The main tool used for the implementation of this activity was the publication Law in practice: Analysis of the challenges in the legal protection of the right to health and health care of Roma in Macedonia” which was distributed to the attendees,

– through these forums and the discussion with the Roma community, an opportunity for their education regarding the rights of health care was created, then how to recognize violation of the rights and which preventive mechanisms are available to them, new cases were identified as well as conditions for initiation of litigation forprotection of the rights of Roma. The main tool that was used was Power point presentation which was distributed to the attendees in printed version.

Organization of the stands was fully logistically supported by the Roma Information Centre – Stip, Organization of Roma Youth “Bela Kula” – Kicevo and the association “Sastipe” – Gostivar.

Through elaboration of concepts of health, health care and what is right to health care, attendees were presented 10thbasic rights of health care that should be known by each patient when requesting health service:

1. Right to information

2. Right to access the medical record

3. Right to protection of personal data

4. Right to use medicines and further health care

5. Right to conscientious treatment and offering appropriate medical service

6. Right to compensation and violation of personal rights of physical and mental health

7. Right to equal treatment in providing health services

8. Right to privacy and dignity

9. Right to humanity, availability and care for the health

10. Right to use services of compulsory health insurance.

Presentation of each right separately consisted of reviewing the definition and illustration of an example what that means in practice, in order to recognize wrong actions of health workers and when it is a violation of the rights.

In addition, protection mechanisms that can be used in cases when they face violation of the rights of health care were clarified to the attendees i.e. they can file anappeal/complaint to:

1. Advisor forprotection of the rights of patients – who should be appointed in every health institution (Law on Protection of Patients’ Rights),

2. Director of the health facility,

3.Ministry of Health,

4. Health Insurance Fund – when it comes to protection of the rights of health insurance,

5. State Sanitary and Health Inspectorate – that can inspect upon filed complaint and go on field to determine the problem,

6. Ombudsman – who acts to protect the rights of unequal treatment among other things,

7. Litigation – this is the ultimate option that can be used if there is basis for that and if the damaged parties are not satisfied with the protection that were given before by the abovementioned institutions.

Although we have rights that are guaranteed by law and protection mechanisms that can be used when our rights are violated, in reality the situation, especially with the Roma community is much worse and we witness frequent violations of the rights that do not require protection.

In order to understand better what does violating of rights of health care mean and how to require protection, 4th cases of violation of the rights of health care ofRoma patients for which litigations were initiated were elaborated: the case of minor A. S., the case of the deceased woman who was giving birth S.V., the case ofthe deceased newborn and the case of S.F. Initially each case was given brief introduction of the case facts i.e. the occurrence of the injury, the treatment given by the healthcare workers, the treatment and the damage that led to disability of the patients and in two cases resulted in death. Afterwards each procedure for protection of the rights was clarified depending on the identified violations and grounds, i.e. criminal, civil procedure and procedure for protection of the rights forequal treatment in front of the Ombudsman and eventually, the results of each procedurewere elaborated.

Presenting the cases was actually confirmationthat justice although is longlasting, still is notunattainable and that everyone should equally require fair conduction ofthe right to health without discrimination.

This was followed by a discussion with the attendees.

AStip 27.08.2014 12 o’clock – 16 attendees

In this community through discussion with the attendees,  4 cases of violation of the rights of health care were elaborated that they encountered as patients, and in particular it is about: not providing adequate health care service by the doctors which worsened their health condition, withholding personal documentation because of unpaid health services that were provided that  prevents further use of health care and treatment, health workers do not inform the patients about their condition and possible treatments, and in terms of the health insurance, the community does not have any information that exercising of this right is not associated with theregular registration to the Employment Agency and what is the manner and procedure for exercising it.

BKicevo 28.08.2014, 16 o’clock – 27 attendees

By presenting two cases of violations of the rights of health care in this community thefollowing violations have been identified: the patients did not have access to their medical records and were not given a copy of their medical documentation, in the other case worsening of the health condition was noticed due to not providingadequate medical care and not undertaking all necessary measures to improve the health by the family doctor, as well as violation of the right to equal treatment of Roma patients compared to other patients of a different ethnicity.

CGostivar 29.08.2014, 17 o’clock – 18 attendees

Attendees in this municipality confirmed the identified barriers in the access to health services presented by ROMA S.O.S. and pointed out that they face the same problems as Roma from other municipalities. Although any specific example of violation of the rights was not pointed out, they had shown willingness to spread this information to other members of the community in order to identify violations of their rights as patients and thus to encourage them to seek protection of their rights.

Photographs of the activity

Field Action – From the community to the community

26.08.2014

fctc3“Take a few minutes for your health”

High school and university Roma students in Prilep (8 volunteers) conducted a three-day field action by setting up stands in the settlement Trizla 2 and specifically in three separate parts Srede selo, Meksiko and Tri Bagremi. During this occasion, blood pressure and blood sugar level were measured free of charge to 112 Roma aged 18 to 80.

The action was intended to promote preventive measures to maintain health among the Roma community in the project Health Advising Centre. For this purpose, the volunteers have used their knowledge of health in order to raise awareness among Roma.

The stand in the area Sred selo was set on 21.08.2014 at 16:00. The offered service, measuring  blood pressure and blood sugar levelwas used by 51 people of various ages, youngest of whom was 21, and the oldest was 80. People from this region have perceived the action as something that should be repeated more frequently, though expressing the need for such actions. Most of the visitors commented with pride about the university Roma students who have enrolled Higher Medical School and are role models and encouragement for the others.

fctc4The stand in the area Sokarata was set up on22.08.2014 also at16:00. In this area the stand was visited by 36 Roma who were positively surprised by the action.The youngest person who measuredblood pressure or blood sugar level was at the age of 19, while the oldest was  70 years old. What was really interesting was the fact that the stand in this area was visited by several Macedonians who used the services. The crucial comment that was noted by the visitors was that thesefield activities are desirable for the Roma community, especially when their providers are Roma i.e. people from that community.

Area Tri Bagremi was visited on 26.08.2014 and the stand was visited by 25 Roma, youngest of whom was 16 and the oldest was 80 years old.

What is specific for this area is to point out that people were trying less to adopt preventive measures in order to preservetheir health, which refers to their low level of awareness of the benefits of such health services. It is also result of extreme isolation and drastically poor socio-economic condition of the people who live in the locality which is situated one kilometer beyond the outskirts of the city i.e. the settlement Trizla 2.

fctc10Despite the advice and services given to the Roma community, the action also resulted in representing a positive model of successful and profiled young Roma people – medical students who dressed in white coats reflected the change andprogress in education of the Roma community and the need for mutual support to improve the situation.

Quotes bythe patients on the field:

“This action is welcomed. We need more such actions, primarily because they are free, and second, they are available and are not time-consuming.… “said 40 year old woman who used the stand service.

“We are proud that young people from our community do something for us – you are an example for other generations …” said 70 year old patient while waiting in line in front of the stand.

“It’s nice thing what you do. You need more materials, equipment and medical supplies so you can offer this service to all … “said 50 year old patient.

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Photographs of the activity

April 2014

ROUND TABLE PRILEP: Roma health – through the prism of current public policies and community needs

30.04.2014

round tableThe round table aimed to actualize the question of current health needs of Roma, as well as the cooperation between NGOs and the health facilities/institutions to implement joint activities and to overcome the identified barriers. Additionally,at the roundtable activities of the responsible parties for implementation of the Local Action Plan on Roma health werereviewed, adopted by LSG Prilep in 2011 as a public policy within the Decade of Roma Inclusion.

Namely, LSG Prilep and the association ROMA S.O.S. from Prilep on January 15th 2014, signed a Memorandum of cooperation by which they committed topartnership to implement the project Health Advising Centre as a positive practice in improving thehealth of Roma and the roundtable was part of the activities for which the Unit if the Local self government Prilep provided financial and logistical support as part of the obligations arising from the partnership.

Nesime Salioska, executive director of ROMA S.O.S.made a retrospective on the beginnings and needs to enact the Local Action Plan on Roma health, provided asobligations of the Local self governments in accordance with the Strategy for Roma, Decade of Roma Inclusion and the 4th action plans for its implementation, then activities realized by ROMA S.O.S. and creating the Local Action Plan in 2010. Later, in his speech, the local government representative Aleksndar Jovanoski elaborated the activities conducted by LSG Prilep upon the adopted Local Action plan, and the representative of the Center for Public Health, Marija Stevanandzija,elaborated perceptions on the health status of the population living at risk.

At the event, representatives of the Office for immunization and the Visiting nurse Service at the Health Center, from the General Hospital “Borka Taleski” and a social worker, head nurse at the Department of Gynecology, chief of the Department of childhood diseases, the head of the Health Insurance Fund Prilep, a general practitionerfrom a private health facility, health educator from the Center of public health, local TV medium VIZIJA that monitors the health status of Roma, representatives of the Roma Information Center, as well as representatives from the Local self-government Prilep also gave speeches.

Discussion was followed by a promotion of the film: “Your health, your care, your human right”. Justbefore the film, Nesime Salioska informed the attendees that the film shows the work of the association so far, the problems of the Roma community in theaccess to health services and undertaken actions in order to overcome them in cooperation with the health institutions.

CONCLUSIONS:

1.There is no integrated information system thatallows decomposition of the risk factors on the health and health condition of the population, as well as division of the data by ethnicity which prevents getting a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the health status of the population in Macedonia,

2.The health condition of Roma today shows improvement compared to 2007, but in absence of segregated data, institutions are not able to show that,

3.The problem with undocumented Roma children in the Registry of births and irregulary vaccinated children still exists, and the lack of Roma Health Mediators inthe municipality of Prilep makes the work of the Office of immunization and health visitors service even harderto find them, and there is need for collaboration between health institutions and associations working in the field,

4.It is desirable LSG Prilep to provide financial support and to allow re-engagement of Roma Health Mediator in Prilep,

5.Planned introduction of the changes in the administrative proceeding in front of the Health Insurance Fund of Macedonia for re-registration for health insurance for unemployed and people with lower incomes that will terminate the obligation for submission of the Statement of income for the previous year to the Health Insurance Fund, and these data will be undertaken ex officio through the Public Revenue Office, will allow easier access to the right to health insurance,

6.Initiation of Health Advising Centers according to the practice of the Health Advising Centre of ROMA S.O.S., can contribute to targeting of the specific problems of the Roma community in every community with Roma population and thus will provide financial support for implementation of the activities for overcoming the issues,

7.There is need of revision of the Local Action Plan on health of Roma in the municipality of Prilep because of incorporating innovations and changes in the legislation and projects initiated by the Ministry of Health which will contribute to improving the health status of Roma in Prilep.

Photographs of the activity

“More efficient, administratively simpler health system” – efforts of the political parties in their pre-election campaign for the unemployed and people with lower incomes

25.04.2014

ANNOUNCEMENT

At the press held by the director of the Health Insurance Fund of Macedonia, Maja Parnardzieva-Zmejkova, on 24.04.2014, she announced that what is new in theelection program of VMRO-DPMNE is automatic registration and deregistrationof of the health insurance in order to end the crowds and queues in the Health Insurance Fund caused by the compulsory reregistration of persons with low income and unemployed people. Simplification of the procedure for reregistration of thehealth insurance was announced and these same people will be able to do it without filing a Statement of income. These data the Health Insurance Fund will receive from the Public Revenue Office by connecting with them. Thus, VMRO-DPMNE will strive for more efficient, administratively simpler health system, which is intended for the citizens.

These announcements and efforts are welcomed, which does not mean they should remain only on paper as part of the election program, but measures to be taken for their implementation in order not to repeat the situation as with theDecision of the Constitutional Court from 14.11.2012.

Namely, this decision abolished the citizens’ obligation to submit Statement of income in the process of realizing the right to health insurance on the grounds that … “such obligation can not be established to the citizens by the lawsince it can be given only by the competent state institutions i.e. directly by the Public Revenue Office,its competent authorities and social security institutions.”

Ministry of Finance as a competent authority that was to respect the decision of the Constitutional Court, applied itincompletely i.e. did not suggest appropriate amendments to the Law on Contributions for Mandatory Social Insurance in January 2013.

For this reason, in April 2013, 50% of the insured in the Health Insurance Fund or precisely  107.021 unemployed people faced termination of the right to health insurance for failing to submit Statement of income for the previous year, after the call that was published for re-registration in the period from February 1stto March 31st 2013.

Insurers who have lost their right to health insurance faced:

  • charging for the use of health services and supply of medicines up to 100% of the cost,
  • prohibition on the use of orthopedic devices within 6 months,
  • additional administrative costs of obtaining personal documentation required to re-exercise the right to health insurance.

Although ROMA S.O.S. supported by other six associations from Macedonia in July 2013 undertook series of activities highlighting the problem and need of termination of this requirement for the citizens, which was supported by the Ombudsman, because of the lack of consent of the key decision-makers and non-coordination among the parties in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, the initiative was not accepted and appropriate changes to the lawwere not offered.

The problem continued to exist and in 2014 when we faced again the fact that out of 243.085 unemployed people who according to the records of the Health Insurance Fund of Macedonia were to re-register, up to the deadline on 31.03.2014 required documents were submitted only by 135.583 people (55,78 percent) orin other words 107.502 people (44,22 percent) were terminated the right to health insurance in April 2014.

We sincerely hope that announced innovations will be realized in practice after the elections in order to prevent future loss of the health insurance for the socially vulnerable categories of citizens, and thus, to provide prevention rather than equal treatment for all.

According to our civic duty and right, we welcome all pre-election commitments of the political parties, we will continue to monitor introductions of innovations in health, and for the promiseswe will expect accountability from the responsible parties.

Health Advising Centre: 29 Roma children, aged 0-6 in Prilep and 45 Roma children, aged 0-18 in Bitola were covered by the Immunization campaign marking the European Immunization Week

24.04.2014

zdr_sovIn cooperation with the Immunization services and the Centers for public health the following activities were conducted:

1. Prilep, April 24th 2014:

-two lectures were held on the importance and need for immunization of their children and the importance of regular vaccination to the parents who attended,

-children who had missed a particular vaccine were vaccinated and thus, terms for the following vaccine were scheduled in order to maintain the order of theirimmunization.

2. Bitola, April 23rd 2014:

-educational workshop that aimed to inform mothers about the importance and need for regular vaccination of the children was organized. The same day in thesettlement “Petocna voda” field vaccination was conducted.

3. Bitola, April 24th 2014:

zdr_sov1-children who had missed a particular vaccine were vaccinated and thus,terms for the following vaccine were scheduled in order to maintain the order of their immunization.

4. Bitola, April 25th 2014:

-field vaccination in the settlement “Kaj mostot”

Vaccination of the following vaccines was conducted: DTP, MRP, Polio, HB, Hib.

The action was intended to contribute to protecting the health of children and the Roma community from infectious diseases.

Photographs of the activity

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE ROMA

08.04.2014

int_roma_dayOn the occasion of 8th of April, the premiere of the promotional film for ROMA S.O.S. was broadcasted on NOVA TV

 „Your health, your care, your human right“

 SOMETHING MORE ABOUT ROMA:

The First Roma Congress held in London in 1971 adopted the following:

  • International Roma symbol – a wheel with 16 spokes which represent a link to their Indian roots and symbolize movement and original creation
  • Roma flag – green-blue flag with red wheel in the center, and the motto “Go Roma”
  • Roma anthem – the song Djelem, djelem