The All Ireland Traveller Health Study (AITHS) is the first study of Traveller health status and health needs that involve all Travellers living on the island of Ireland, North and South.

Consultation involved over 600 people throughout the regions and was completed in December 2003.

The AITHS is jointly funded by the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (NI), with fieldwork funding support by the HSE and FAS.

Key Health Issues for Travellers identified during the consultation process were as follows:

  • Environment and poor living conditions
  • Issues related to equality of access to, participation in and outcome of service provision
  • Right of Travellers to appropriate access to services based on culture and way of life
  • Lifestyle issues
  • Lack of culturally appropriate provision
  • Lack of data on Traveller health and health needs
  • Lack of recognition of Traveller culture and identity
  • Individual and institutional level racism
  • Social exclusion

The AITHS was launched formally by the Minister for Health, Mary Harney T.D. in 2007. She stated at the launch:

‘…Traveller Health is a priority area and considerable work has been undertaken, in consolation with the interest groups, in commissioning this study. The purpose of the Study is to examine the health status of Travellers, to assess the impact of the health services currently being provided and to identity the factors which influence mortality and health status. It will provide a framework for policy development and practice in relation to Travellers’. 

Videos of the All Ireland Traveller Health Study Launch

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