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SRAP - Addiction Prevention within Roma and Sinti communities

- is a network of 11 associated European partners (cities, NGOs and university), dedicated to sharing information, promoting mutual learning and carrying out research on prevention and reduction of use/abuse of illegal/legal drugs among young Roma.

7 countries l 11 partners l public and private l
1 European network l 1 university

Municipality of Bologna  (IT)
Società Dolce – Bologna (IT)
European Forum for Urban Security – Efus – Paris (FR)
Fundación Secretariado Gitano – Madrid (ES)
Hors la Rue – Paris (FR)
Health and Social Development Foundation,
HESED – Sofia (BG)
Roma public council Kupate – Sofia (BG)
Foundatia Parada – Bucarest (RO)
RIC Novo mesto – Novo Mesto (Sl)
Trnava University, Faculty of Health Care and Social Work, Trnava (SK)
City of Venice (IT)

July 2010 > July 2013

Addiction affects the whole society but it has a deeper effect on Roma communities because of their social exclusion, marginalisation and poverty. The negative effects of addiction spread in areas and cities where Roma communities live, creating social prejudices, difficulty of integration, and insecurity. It also has an impact on health and social services.  

The approach towards drug abuse among Roma people is usually focused mainly on security and law enforcement, while ignoring health. Prevention and treatment of drug abusers is not a priority.

The general objective of SRAP is to tackle the prevention and reduction of use/abuse of legal/illegal substances among young Roma.

In order to contribute to this general aim it is necessary to understand better how drugs are used and perceived in Roma communities, particularly young people, and what triggers drugs consumption and abuse.

Based on this assessment, prevention policies can be tailored to the specific situation and needs of Roma people.

The network of partners involved in the SRAP project will develop a multidisciplinary and transferable approach to prevention, with the objective of empowering young Roma people, and training addiction/prevention workers in Roma culture and specificities.

Objectives of SRAP :

  • To understand better young Roma people’s attitude and behaviour towards drugs, and analyse the factors that trigger drug abuse,  thanks to a research conducted throughout Europe, in the countries of the partners of the SRAP project.
  • To transfer this research and knowledge in Europe.
  • To strengthen the prevention skills of young Roma and improve the intercultural health approach of healthcare workers.
  • To raise awareness among public health decision-makers, and among civil society, about the specific needs of young Roma, and to promote health and prevention policies and actions catered to those needs.
  • To promote the inclusion of this issue in the research agenda and the adoption of evidence-based approaches in mainstream policies.

Expected outcomes of SRAP

1.    A better understanding of the phenomenon of addiction among young Roma: what triggers consumption and how young Roma use drugs.
2.    A transferable intervention methodology tailored to the needs of young Roma, available to health workers in Europe.
3.    Train health workers to enable them to relate to young Roma and provide Roma Communities with information on health and addiction services.
4.    Enroll young Roma in prevention actions, and raise their awareness about the effects of use/abuse of drugs.
5.    Ensure that young Roma know about health services, and what they can get from them.
6.    Set up a pan-European network dedicated to addiction prevention and harm reduction among young Roma.
7.    Raise awareness among policy makers and decision makers working in the areas of health, addiction and research about the issue of drug use/abuse among young Roma people.


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