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LIFE EXPECTANCY AMONG ROMA, ASHKALI AND EGYPTIANS IN KOSOVO
Balkan Sunflowers Kosova together with partner Solidar Suisse Kosova took action to address the knowledge gap by conducting a health survey among the three communities in 2014. The full research findings and methodology are available in separate publication. The life expectancy of the Kosovo Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities is 58 years. 
Based on the findings from the report, we are presenting 5 policy briefs with findings and recommendations with the aim to improve the health situation of these three communities. 
Policy briefs, report and documentary film will be used as advocacy tool in raising awareness of the institutions, in both central and local level, about health problems these communities face. 
These materials will be used to raise awareness of the communities as well in changing their way of living. We thank all of those who contributed in supporting these initiatives. 
 
Life Expectancy and Health in Kosovo’s Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Communities
In 2013-2014, the Balkan Sunflowers Kosova (hereinafter BSFK) together with Solidar Suisse conducted an extensive desk research project on the health situation of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo.
This study was conducted as part of the broader multi-stakeholder project “KOSANA” which aims for establishment of an all-inclusive national health insurance system in Kosovo.
BSFK intend to speak for the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in the process of drafting and implementing the national health insurance system.
The findings indicate that the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities are more prone to life-limiting chronic illnesses than the rest of the Kosovo population. Our observations and case study data suggests especially high prevalence of rheumatism, respiratory problems, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The poor health situation of the three communities is perhaps best demonstrated by their low life expectancy.
Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians average life expectancy is 58.3 years, approximately 15 years less then their Albanian and Serbian neighbors. This discovery resulted in production of the documentary film LIVES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEWIrR9xcpA  which reveals the alarming health situation of the three communities in Kosovo 
 
 

Newsflash

UK University Students Visit Fushe Kosova on Study Tour
On Friday, June 13, a group of students from the University of Essex (UK) visited Balkan Sunflowers’ Fushe Kosova Learning Center. The students are studying human rights and were visiting various organizations in Kosovo as part of a study tour. During the visit to FKLC, they had the opportunity to see the center in action and have a question and answer session with BSF International Coordinator Rand Engel.
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