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In 2007, the Carter Center's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, in partnership with the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, began awarding two fellowships each year to journalists in Romania.

+Learn More about Mental Health Journalism Fellowships in Romania

The program was established in support of Romania's efforts to address public health and press freedom goals necessary for European Union membership, including improving the treatment of mental illnesses.

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism currently provide stipends and expert training to journalists from the United States, Romania, and Colombia to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to increase accurate reporting on mental health issues and decrease incorrect, stereotypical information.

As a result of these efforts, 12 Romanian journalists were awarded fellowships, and journalists have pursued a range of topics, such as how people with mental illnesses are striving to live fulfilling lives in their communities.

Read about Emilia Chiscop, 2008-2009 Mental Health Journalism Fellow from Romania >

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QUICK FACTS: ROMANIA

Size: 238,391 square kilometers

Population: 21,302,893

Population below poverty line: 22.4%

Life expectancy: 76 years

Ethnic groups: Romanian, Hungarian, Roma, Ukrainian, German, and others 

Religions: Eastern Orthodox (including all subdenominations), Protestant (various denominations including Reformed and Pentecostal), Roman Catholic, and others including Muslim

Languages: Romanian (official), Hungarian, Romani, and others

Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2020

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