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Ethnic Minority Health Forum

Ethnic Minority Health Forum took place on the May, 12th, 2010. The meeting was to introduce Cairde’s work with Temple St. Hospital, update on changes and translations on Cairde’s website, inform about Medical Card application procedure, brief on EMHF Survey of Chinese, Roma community, etc.., and findings. During the discussion several health problems for ethnic minorities were identified.

There are number of barriers to access health services in Ireland: Lack of information of health services available, Lack of understanding of how the Irish health system works, Wariness to use services, based on shyness, embarrassment, fear of the unknown, Communication problems. There are also issues with accessing a GP found. Also participants stressed a need for exchange of information between organisations led and advocating on behalf of immigrants.

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