Roma Professionals in the Medical Field
Personal development in medicine and scholarships for young Roma
The 2012 - 2013 Edition

ActiveWatch - Media Monitoring Agency launched on September 20, 2012, during a press conference, the 2012-2013 Edition of the Personal Development Programme Roma Professionals in the Medical Field and the Training / ​​Retraining of Young Roma in the Medical Field Programme.

The Personal Development Programme is able to support 500 Roma students during the academic years 2011 - 2012 and  2012 - 2013, being the main component of direct intervention of the project A Generation of Roma Specialists in the Medical Field.

In the 2012-2013 Edition, 360 young Roma university students and high school students will benefit by one of the two module of training offered by the programme, depending on the educational stage of the beneficiary:

Mentoring and scholarship - In the academic year 2012-2013 there 160 scholarships available for young Roma interested to continue their studies in the medical field. 30 mentors, doctors with different specializations, hired in the project, will guide the young Roma in the study, offering free consultations on academic topics of medical interest. In addition, young people selected to participate in the national camp advocacy and will receive grants of up to £ 15,500 per year, which encourages obtain excellent academic results.

Tutoring and scholarship component is meant to provide high school students in the final year and high school graduates with a baccalaureate degree, with training in biology, chemistry and physics. In the academic year 2012-2013 there are 200 scholarships available for young Roma interested to study in the medical field begining with 2013. The beneficiaries of this component will be prepared by specialized teachers,  will attend two motivational camps and will receive a monthly scholarships up to 800 lei.

Young Roma can register online until October 31, visiting the official website of the project, www.profesionistiromi.ro.

Since autumn 2012, ActiveWatch launches the Training / ​​Retraining of Young Roma in the Medical Field Programme. This is an integrated programme of training in various specialties of health, hygiene and social services providing career guidance and training / retraining for 125 young Roma who want to positively influence access at health services for Roma people in Romania.

Details of this component can be found on the official website of the project, www.profesionistiromi.ro.

 

"I trusted this project from the begining and it turned out that I counted correctly. Here we already have several generations of young Roma professionals who can be an example to any young Romanian. As I have said on other occasions, this project will always have my support. "
Raed Arafat, for the launching conference of Roma Professionals in the Medical Field Programme, 2012-2013 Edition

The event was attended by Damian Draghici, advisor to the Prime Minister on Roma issues, Florin Fleican, Rromani inspector in the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports, Manole Florin Petre, Counsellor of the Minister of Labour, Family and Social Protection, young beneficiaries of the project, representatives of NGOs, representatives of public institutions, teachers, experts and journalists.

 

Personal Development Programme Roma Professionals in the Medical Field and the Training / ​​Retraining of Young Roma in the Medical Field Programme are components of the project A Generation of Roma Specialists in the Medical Field. The project is being implemented nationwide from January 2011 to January 2014 by ActiveWatch - Media Monitoring Agency, in partnership with Roma Education Fund Romania, Resident Physicians Association, Roma Center for Health Policy  - SASTIPEN and Open Society Institute and it is co-financed by European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013.
The project proposes a systematic long term approach, which ensures access of Roma people in highly skilled jobs, which is crucial for reducing poverty and increasing social inclusion of the marginalized group.

The most important results of the project in the academic year 2011-2012 were:
· 80 young Roma (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry students, post-secondary school students and resident physicians) became scholars and benefited from theoretical and practical training sessions provided by physicians with different specializations.
· 79 Roma high school students received scholarships and training sessions in biology, chemistry and physical exam for admission to institutions of higher education in the medical field.
· 30 doctors with different specialties were recruited as mentors, the mentoring component.
· 47 teachers of biology, chemistry or physics were employed as tutors in the tutoring component.
· 800 Roma community members have benefited from 39 projects in healthcare volunteer program implemented by grantees.

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