SRAP: building up the network

By Patrizia Marani
Comune di Bologna

One of the ways designed by SRAP to reach its objectives is the development of a Europe-wide network of experts in health, addiction and Roma issues.This network should contribute to holding the attention in Europe on the health conditions of the Roma communities and continue the debate on strategies and actions to improve the health indicators and the inclusion.The network will bring together experts and organisations active in the field of Roma and health and create long term connections among them, exchanges, common actions and projects. In order to build up this network, disseminate SRAP and exchange knowledge and experiences, the Municipality of Bologna participated to various events in Italy.

On 16 September SRAP was networked at the VI European research seminar on homelessness, migration and demographic change in Europe, organised by the European Observatory on Homelessness (FEANTSA), the European Network for Housing Research Working Group on Welfare Policy Homelessness and Social Exclusion, the Italian Federation of Associations of Homeless (fioPSD) and the University of Pisa. We discussed the challenges of inclusion and homelessness in urban areas: social exclusion is more frequent and deeper in big cities, because of their complexity; here the risk of social tensions is higher and moves the debates from inclusion, participation, community development and reception procedures, to security and law enforcement.

On 7 November the Bologna responsible of SRAP met the National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (NIHMP). It is hosted in the Hospital San Gallicano in Rome provides social and health care services to all citizens, Italians and foreigners; the staff is composed of professionals in different disciplines and from several countries and integrate work between doctors, nurses, psychologists, anthropologists and cultural mediators, allowing a holistic and multicultural approach. We could discuss with NIHMP their good  practices in social intervention and equal access to health services, also taking into account cultural peculiarities of migrants. The interaction between Roma, healthcare services and health providers is an issue that we will work on in the next phase of SRAP.

On 22 December SRAP was presented at the final workshop of the European “Transition project” organized by the Italian association La Rupe. The project collected practices in the field of housing of Roma in Italy, Romania and Greece. Housing, health and inclusion are strictly connected and one issue cannot be faced without taking in consideration the others.