Sorin is a medicine student at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy ”Grigore T. Popa”, in Iași. He was born and raised in Băciociu, a small village in Bacău, located near the Siret river. More than a third of the people in the village are Roma ethnics, so is Sorin, who comes from a traditional Roma family, native speakers of the Romani language.

When Sorin is walking down the path in the village, all the children are following him, while the adults and the elders greet him and smile to him. They all feel proud of him, as he would be their own brother or son. And they have a strong reason for that, Sorin is the only person in the village that became a doctor. Mr. Ion Pană, the school principal, feels very proud of his former student. Sorin is also a motivation source for the young people in the village, that’s why he’s always trying to help them understand how important is to get a proper education and to wish for great achievements in life.  

Sorin always wanted to be a doctor. He was born with a malformation, and it wasn’t easy for him to deal with that, nor for his parents. When he was only one and a half year old, Professor Doctor Alexandru Pesamosca operated him. The great doctor became Sorin’s hero and role model. Sorin’s family gave their best to support him, and he was always bold and responsible. That’s how he got to wear the medical robe. He gets noticed for his abilities, and he knows how to talk to anyone, and that’s a very important thing for a doctor. Sorin communicates perfectly with any kind of patient. 

Roma Health Scholarship Program supports young Roma to build their education in the medical field. More than 600 Roma students received academic scholarships so far (2008-2016). They were assisted by mentors, attended camps advocacy, volunteering activities and medical congresses. The scholars are encouraged to actively assume their Roma identity.

Roma Health Scholarship Program is developed in Romania by Roma Education Fund, ActiveWatch, The Association of Resident Physicians and Roma Center for Health Policy – Sastipen.

a movie by Anelise Sălan
produced by ActiveWatch
with the support of Open Society Foundations

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