The National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy (2017-2021) was officially launched by the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration, and Integration, David Stanton TD. Building on goals outlined in the previous Strategy, this Initiative aims to promote the integration of Traveller and Roma communities in Ireland across a wide spectrum of issues, including education, employment, equality, anti-discrimination, and health.
The Strategy places an important focus on health and wellbeing within the Traveller and Roma communities, outlining 34 actions across 4 main themes. The Strategy prioritises increasing access and representation for Travellers and Roma in the health service, the reduction of health inequalities within these communities using a social determinants approach, and a specific focus on mental health and suicide. The strategy also outlines the intention to develop a culturally appropriate health service, including training healthcare professionals in Traveller and Roma culture, increasing the availability of interpreters, and a recruitment drive for members of these communities. For further information on Traveller health in Ireland, click here