Andrej Belak  

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MSc, physical anthropology, 2005, Charles University in Prague

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Drawing from my primary education in physical anthropology and my initial ethnographic field experience among segregated Roma in Slovakia, I am attempting to devise and to negotiate among the health experts targeting Roma involving health-status disparities in the region a theoretically more complex, morally more sensitive, and (thus) also a practically more efficient approach. To achieve this, I am following a multi-sited fieldwork strategy following all actors involved in maintaining health-disparities according to a contemporary WHO model of social determinants of health (from Roma themselves through health-system practitioners and NGOs to local authorities and political representatives), combining methods and methodologies of medical anthropology, social epidemiology and public health.


 Health-system limitations of Roma health in Slovakia: A qualitative study; Bratislava, Slovakia: WHO Country Office in Slovakia 2013  Za polidšťování biomedicíny přednostmi etnografie. [Making biomedicine more humane employing ethnography], Cargo Journal; Czech Association for Social Anthropology, Special issue on Symmetrical anthropology (accepted manuscript) 2013  Zdravie očami vylúčených: Medicínsko-antropologická štúdia stredoslovenskej rómskej osady. [Health through eyes of those excluded: A medical-anthropological study of a segregated Romani settlement in Central Slovakia] Charles University MD Thesis, 2005


medical anthropology, public health, epidemiology

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