1711, 2016




Final public discussion: THE STATE COUNCIL FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD DELINQUENCY submitted a proposal to initiate amendments in the Criminal Code of the Republic of Macedonia to the Ministry of Justice based on the recommendations in the Case study of child marriages.

The two years actualization and research on the issue of child marriages by the association ROMA S.O.S. was today presented in Prilep in the presence of health, social, educational local institutions, the Primary Court, the Roma community, journalists, international, national and local organizations.

Child marriages are […]

2010, 2016




Marriage, as well as living in an informal community between and with persons under 18, can be noticed for years, as a phenomenon which directly undermines the process of education of minors, limits the opportunities for their social integration, causes danger of health distortions and creates gender inequality. Different terms are used, such as under-age marriage, early marriage, etc., but because under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, “a child is any person under […]

2208, 2016

First quarterly report under the project “Monitoring and reporting on violations of the rights of Roma”, supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Skopje


The project “Monitoring and reporting on violations of the rights of Roma”, supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Skopje started with implementation  on February 1, 2016 by the Helsinki Committee in partnership with ROMA S.O.S. – Prilep, Ambrela – Skopje, Daja – Kumanovo, Romano Avazi – Tetovo, Bairska Svetlina – Bitola and KHAM – Delchevo.

The project aims at monitoring, documenting and reporting on violations of human rights and free legal aid. The need for the project stems from poor and incomplete awareness of human rights and freedoms of citizens, especially […]

1902, 2016

REACTION – Concerned about the increasing number of deaths of women in labor


Association ROMA SOS Prilep expresses its serious concern about the case of 21 year-old woman in labor Simona Blazeska who died early this morning at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at The General Hospital in Prilep, that is 12 hours after “successfully conducted childbirth” (about 13.00 pm yesterday), as a result of excessive bleeding.

Prosecutor’s office acted in an official capacity and will await further information on conducting the autopsy.

We express regret for the loss of the family and appeal to the competent authorities to determine the exact cause of death as […]

3012, 2015

“Humanity do not know about differences” – a project which improves attitudes among doctors and Roma patients


poster - humanosta ne poznava razliki - enMutual negative attitudes, rejections and isolated opinions create multiple discrimination and/or obstacles in the communication between doctors and Roma patients that often are based on stereotypes and prejudice, and directly affect the way the treatment and attitude towards health is realized.

    In order to investigate the key factors that influence the situation, formative research was conducted in the period from February to June 2015 by the association ROMA S.O.S. from Prilep in partnership with three other associations: LIL from Skopje, SONCE […]

2912, 2015

“Roma civil paralment” has debated on Roma health through the prism of laws

24.12.2015, Prilep


While the public has been debating the last period demanding responsibility for recent deaths among patients and their families who have suffered particular damage as a result of medical negligence, no one dared to mention the Roma patients.

We wonder whether their lives are not important? Is this ignoring of the cases in which victims or damaged parties are Roma is just another form of social discrimination?

Trying to find answers of the above issues, at today’s discussion in Prilep in a form of “Roma civil parliament” we deduced the following conclusions:


2811, 2015

Health Insurance Fund (HIF) abandoned the pre-registration of health insurance for the unemployed and people with lower income, and criminal charges as well. What is next?

November, 2015

The efforts of the association ROMA S.O.S. from Prilep in cooperation with associations [1] from 10 municipalities in Macedonia, in the period 2013 – 2015, resulted in introduced amendments to the Law on contributions for compulsory social insurance (LCCSI) in December 2014 and amendments to the Law on Health Insurance (LHI) in June 2015.

Legislative amendments contributed to simplify the procedure for exercising the right to health insurance for the unemployed and people with lower income (HIF insurance category), thereby providing continuity in the enjoyment of the right and constant health treatment for the most vulnerable insurers.


1610, 2015

ROMA S.O.S. among the nine finalists at the Health Rights Film Festival


Health Rights Film FestivalMilan, Italy – the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) launched the inaugural Health Rights Video Film Festival. The online film festival highlighted video stories about accessibility, health care issues, stigma, and human rights issues. The following are award winners from the festival:

Impact Award

The impact award recognizes outstanding achievement in the use of video for advocacy. The winners were selected by a jury of international experts in public health and digital advocacy.