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.
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.
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Size: 238,391 square kilometers
Population below poverty line: 23 percent
Life expectancy: 75 years
Ethnic groups: Romanian, Hungarian, Roma, Ukrainian, German, other, unspecified
Religions: Eastern Orthodox (including all subdenominations), Protestant (various denominations including Reformate and Pentecostal), Roman Catholic, other (includes Muslim), none or atheist, unspecified
Languages: Romanian (official), Hungarian, Romany, other
Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2016