Efforts to bridge the health gap of Roma people compared to the general population in the EU have been renewed through the adoption of National Strategies. The Roma Health Mediator programme takes an active part in the Bulgarian Strategy by providing a range of social and health-related services. This essay evaluates the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of such a programme. The analysis shows various interconnected strengths of the Bulgarian mediator model. It also identifies issues of fragility related to the decentralised approach focussed on municipalities, on the one hand, and to the lack of a supportive macro-level welfare system, on the other.
How to Cite:
Battaglini, M., 2017. A mixed-methods evaluation of Roma health mediation: Bulgaria case study. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 5(1), pp.15–43.