Health Mediators


What do you do when a whole community struggles to access healthcare? In the 1990s the rates of tuberculosis infection were a hundred times higher amongst the Bulgarian Roma than in Western Europe. And many were dying of totally preventable diseases. The solution was to train up health mediators; members of the Roma community who act as a bridge between their neighbourhood, and doctors and the health system.

So twenty years on how successful have they been? TB is still a big problem, and child mortality is still three times higher than the rest of Bulgaria.

This film was made with the financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area