“Getting information out and having daily contact with families is playing a huge part in flatlining the virus in the Traveller community,” says Maggie Connors, Traveller Community Health Worker with Southside Travellers Action Group.  

“We have the trust and relationships with Travellers on the ground and I am proud that we have provided essential services to our community while keeping social distance,” says Maggie.

Southside Traveller Primary Health Care Project is one of 27 Traveller Primary Healthcare Projects operating around the country.

Traveller Primary Community Health Workers are health workers who act as liaison between the Traveller community and health service providers. The All Ireland Traveller Health Study shows 83% of Travellers receive their health information from Traveller Primary Health Care Projects.

The Southside Traveller Primary Healthcare Project is part of the Eastern Region Traveller Health Unit which covers CHOs 6, 7, & 9. Traveller Health Units prioritise Traveller health concerns and address Traveller health inequalities, on behalf of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Maggie Connors