Health and hygiene interventions targeting Roma families with children aged 0-1 years
We used the method of “Social accountability and Legal Empowerment", with the to empower the Roma community, to learn their rights in the Social and Health domains. In Macedonia, Governmental prevention programs for reproductive and child health are offered. In those programs, it is also included the program for active protection of the mother and children. Our aim is to empower Roma women to take up benefits, measures and activities that are offered free to pregnant women, and families who use social welfare. In order to achieve our objectives, we organized trainings for the community and after this we looked at accountability from responsible institutions. These action are very important, especially during crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of our engagement, the condition of Roma community in Bregalnica region is the best in Macedonia. More than 50 % of Roma women visit minimum one time per year a gynecologist, and the coverage of immunized Roma children is more than 90%. During COVID-19, we distributed humanitarian packages and education materials to Roma families about how to manage with COVID-19five times. As a result,untill now no one from the Roma community in Bregalnica region is affected from COVID-19.