1. training of health edification assistants (groups B and C)

On 11- 13 October 2013 training of another 80 health edification assistants and their coordinators was held in Prešov.

Participants acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for everyday work in segregated communities. Training was implemented according to to the educational programme Assistant of Health Edification in Roma Communities accredited by Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR (2009). Training was carried out by Platform for Support of the Health of  Disadvantaged Groups (PPZZS) and led by lecturers of the ACEC team. Training was also attended by member of the Steering Committee of PPZZS Mudr. Peter Marko. The Plenipotentiary of SR for Roma Communities, Mgr. Peter Pollák, Phd., had also his entry.

Participants completed the first part of training block (24 hours) in four groups. They were acquainted with the work and mission of health edification assistants and coordinators in Roma communities and with the basic idea of the nationwide Healthy Communities project. They acquired information and examples for practical work of assistant and coordinator, basic communication skills necessary for contact with community members, mayors, physicians, field social workers, staff of health facilities and cooperating institutions such as schools, community centers, etc. Very important part were these training blocks: basic human biology, disease epidemiology and specialized social counseling in the medical field. They practised the acquired skills through interactive excersises and role playing in model situations

Participants were also acquainted with basic administrative procedures needed for correct evaluation of their work and with the code of ethics of health edification assistant.

The second part of the first training block was carried out on 18. - 21. October and consisted of first aid course led by employees of the Emergency medical service.  

Based on the agreement between the Ministry of the Interior and Platform for Support of the Health of Disadvantaged Groups there are currently 108 health edification assistants and 12 coordinators in the field within the "Healthy Communities" programme.