The Minister of Health of the provisional government and Deputy Prime Minister for Social Policy Ilko Semerdzhiev awarded special certificates of merit to organizations and experts who have contributed to improving the health status of the Roma in the country. The ceremony took place on the World Health Day and on the eve of the International Romani Day (April 8) at the Council of Ministers.
Some of the award winners are participants in the scholarship programme for students of Roma origin, carried out by Open Society Institute – Sofia, Amalipe Center and IntelDay Foundation. Minister Semerdzhiev awarded certificates of merit to Kalin Tanov – intern, Dimitrinka Borisova – nurse at the Military Medical Academy, Milyana Evtimova – midwife at Maichin Dom Hospital, Liliana Borisova – laboratory assistant , Galya Traykova – PhD student and Miroslav Angelov – probationer doctor, who thanked on behalf of all students present. Some of their mentors were also distinguished – Prof. Ivaylo Tarnev, Associate Prof. Tsvetomir Dimitrov, Prof. Nevena Tsacheva, Associate Prof. Mariela Kamburova and Dr. Krasimir Romanov.
Open Society Institute – Sofia received a certificate of merit for contribution to the development of young people and students of Roma origin.
The scholarship programme for students of Roma origin of medical sciences has been implemented in Bulgaria since 2009 and more than 200 young people have been supported until present. Most of them have already graduated and found jobs.