Roma and Health Awareness 1

Travel route between Bulgaria and Norway

As part of the project "Increasing the capacity of teachers at the Medical University - Plovdiv in training with a focus on health awareness of the Roma community", funded by EEA and Norway Grants, 20 staff members from the university visited Kristiansand, Norway on 6-10 September 2016. The project focuses on providing information about appropriate health services to the Roma community in Bulgaria.

I organized meetings with key stakeholders in public sector and civil society, to discuss health awareness training among Roma and ethnic minorities more generally in both countries. The dialogue was constructive as well as forward looking.

Lars T. Soeftestad

1/  The Devblog article "Anthropology and Development Cooperation", which addresses the role of anthropology in development projects that focus on health issues, is relevant for the present project (see Note 4).
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3/  Relevant Devblog articles: "Devblog: on Roma" at:  |  "Roma and health awareness 2" at:  |  "Train or be trained vs eat or be eaten" at:
4/  Further relevant Devblog articles: "EEA and Norway Grants: evaluation of own projects" (to appear)  |  "EEA and Norway Grants: my project portfolio" at:  |  "EEA and Norway Grants and evaluation" at:  |  "EEA and Norway Grants: donor country partners" at:  |  "Poland and Norway: transparency and trust" at:  |  "Bulgaria: Roma in the penitentiary system" at:  |  "Ethnographic film and advocacy" at:  |  "Anthropology and development cooperation" at:
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6/  This article was published 15 September 2016. It was revised 21 February 2023.

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