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Example of Good Practice in Drug Dependencies approaching Roma Community from Bratislava. Lubomir OKRUHLICA, Zuzana BUSOVA Bratislava, Slovakia “Transnational good practices and experiences exchange on drug dependencies within the Roma Community” Budapest, 29th and 30th October 2004.
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Lubomir OKRUHLICA, Zuzana BUSOVA
“Transnational good practices and experiences exchange on drug dependencies within the Roma Community”
Budapest, 29th and 30th October 2004
...320,00 Romas unofficially
Life expectancy - males:
Life expectancy - females:
1.) Simultaneous improvement in the sectors of employment,
education and housing;
2.) improve access to health care;
3.) enhancing public health awareness;
4.) increase the rates of vaccination;
5.) organize health centers in Roma communities;
6.) education> on personal hygiene
> avoidance of toxic substances
> sexual behavior, reproductive health
> drug use
Access to assistance resources for drug dependents is different in the capital city and different in rural areas.
Extended Roma families - children copying parents behavior,
- problem to find drug, tobacco and
alcohol-free environment in many
1. ’OPRE ROMA!’ - drug prevention (2000);
2. ‘Roma anti-drug forum’ - drug education (2003);
3. Approaches in drug treatment to Roma clients/patients.
- toextend the Program on public health to the Roma community with special targeting on prevention of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis A,B, C and on prevention of psychoactive substance abuse;
- to improve degree of co-operation of health care workers with NGOs with priority given to Roma ethnic;
- to educate the key persons from Roma community on health issues;
- harm reduction caused by drug use (e.g. HVB vaccination);
- counseling for Roma families with drug problems.
- motivating and the involvement of the members of Roma community in Bratislava into drug prevention activities;
- education of Roma community on negative health and social consequences of psychoactive substance use;
- harm reduction;
- facilitation of overcoming the resistance of Romas to use specialized health services for drug users;
- family counseling.
At the Centre for Treatment of Drug Dependencies in Bratislava:
Aims could be:
- to improve and facilitate doctor-patient relationship;
- to increase the accessibility of health services for Romas;
- to increase the efficiency of preventive and curative services;
- to increase the level of health education for Romas;
- mobilizing Roma families in taking part in vaccination;
- facilitating access for Roma women to family planning.
All these should include specific issues on drugs, alcohol and tobacco consumption.