Monitoring and Advocacy of Roma Health in Romania

The current context in Romania of health care reform (including decentralization), the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy, and the next programming period of EU Structural Funds, provides an oppportunity to address Roma health. In particular, ongoing health care reforms in Romania risk further reducing access to health and social services for socially marginalized and excluded communities such as Roma. 

We are pleased to announce a new grant initiative to support civil society monitoring and advocacy on Roma health in Romania. 

These grants are aimed at organizations that seek to carry out advocacy on Roma health, including through the use of community monitoring to assess Roma access to health services and to engage with local, regional and national policy and decision-making to improve access. This may involve capacity building for organizations in order to increase their ability to carry out community monitoring, and to increase the capacity of Roma communities to carry out monitoring and engage in advocacy.

Purpose and Priorities

The Accountability and Monitoring in Health Initiative of the Public Health Program advances health and human rights by supporting civil society groups to use community monitoring and applied budget work to push for greater accountability and transparency in the financing and delivery of health care at the local, national, regional and global levels.

The Roma Health Project advances the health and rights of Roma persons who experience discrimination and human rights violations and have unequal and inequitable access to health and health care as a result of their ethnicity and consequent social exclusion.

AMHI and RHP seek to strengthen meaningful and sustained engagement by affected communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of health budgets, policies, programs and practices; to promote government accountability to citizens; and to foster an informed and open dialogue about the governance of public health systems, provision of health services, and advancement of health and rights.

Guidelines

Organizations that wish to apply for funding must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). 

LOIs should be 2-3 pages in length and should include:

  1. Name and location of the organization.
  2. Name and contact information, including email address, of the person submitting the LOI.
  3. A brief description of the organization including mission statement.
  4. A brief outline of current Roma health activities, including any advocacy or any monitoring components. What are your advocacy objectives, and how will monitoring advance those objectives?
  5. Briefly describe your ideas/plans for future Roma health advocacy and how monitoring would enable you to achieve your objectives. 

Letters of intent are invited for proposals up to USD$45,000 each for a period of one year.

Submit Letters of Intent to:

Rosalind McKenna at rosalind.mckenna@opensocietyfoundations.org
And Maja Saitovic at maja.saitovic@opensocietyfoundations.org

Only successful applicants will be contacted and invited to submit full proposals.