Roma communities still have to cope with a lot of problems, that sometime differ from one area to another. There is no health education, there are no statistics related to the health conditions of the Roma people. However, the testimonies of the doctors that have been in contact with the Roma communities show that, in general, it is the lifestyle that influences the health condition. Mothers do not have IDs, therefore neither mothers, nor children have access to medical services, children are not registered, they do not receive any financial assistance, parents don’t have money for medical treatment. Many women refuse to see a doctor during pregnancy because their traditions tell them that supervising the pregnancy or weighing the future mother is bad luck for the child.
Ioana Dascalu, Roma health mediator in Bucharest, district 5 and Titi Radulescu, Roma Centre for Health Policies talk about the health and administrative problems of a poor Roma community in the heart of capital of Romania.