Poverty and social exclusion can be the root cause of people not getting access to healthcare, education and social services. The causes of social exclusion in the beneficiary countries are diverse and require action in multiple areas. To this end, our human and social development programmes target the root causes of exclusion by supporting projects in health, local development, gender equality, capacity building, children and youth at risk, and Roma empowerment.
Reaching the European goals of equality and reduced disparities means addressing challenges such as insufficient health care services, lack of understanding of basic health information, and services needed to make appropriate health decisions and addressing social inequalities in health. We are doing so by building stronger health care systems and prioritising reduction of inequalities in access to health services for vulnerable groups like elderly, children and Roma.