Basic information

Founding of the Platform for Support Health of Disadvantaged Groups (PSHDG) in October 2013 was initiated by the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC) - that has dealt with health education in Roma settlements since 2002. The Platform brings together organizations from non-governmental, the public and private sector, which deal with issues of the health of disadvantaged groups in Slovakia.  Membership in this organization was open to all who wish to support the systematization and stabilization of the National Program of Health Education of Settlements Inhabitants in the years 2014 - 2022 and who have been involved in the preparation and implementation of the current nationwide program Healthy Communities. The Platform brings together representatives of the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), the Association of Health field workers (ATZA), the Slovak General Practitioners Group, The World Health Organization Office in Slovakia, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (MPSVaR), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior, the operational centers of the National Emergency Service, Union Health Insurance, GlaxoSmithKline, and others.


Thanks to the joint effort of the members of the Platform and the financial support from various sources (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family), the first system solution focused on the long-term National Program for Health Mediators in segregated Roma communities (untill 2022) and started with its implementaion in the form of nationwide Healthy Communities Project (since October 2013).




  •   protection and support of health
  •   support of education and edification
  •   support of reseach
  •   publicity and awarness




The primary target group are inhabitants of segregated Roma communities in Slovakia, mainly children and women. Secondary target group are first contact doctors (pediatricians and PGs), specialists, primary school teachers, mayors, supporting professionals working in the target areas, and citizens of the Slovak Republic.




The project is being implemented mainly in Eastern Slovakia and Central Slovakia, as well as in the Bratislava region (catchment area of Malacky).





Educational activities are carried out through two programs accredited by the Ministry of Education of Slovakia:

  •   Health Mediator in Roma communities, 2009, duration of 88 hours
  •   Community worker - knowledge and skills development in work with the Roma community, 2004, duration of 192 hours.




The project activities had a direct positive impact on more than 150 000 inhabitants. In many villages the vaccination rate is close to 100%. In many villages there is an effective cooperation with municipalities. The mediators initiated many changes to improve the overall life situation of the settlements population such as building a basic infrastructure or providing the availability of drinking water, sanitation, waste removal and regular cleaning in the settlements. Over one year period, Health Mediators conducted altogether 93,108 interventions for 779,193 clients; 92,690 were invited for preventive check-up and 45,775 for vaccination. Most interventions were conducted in the districts of Prešov, Košice and Vranov, and most clients received help in the districts of Prešov, Košice, and Gelnica.