The Roma are one of Moldova's most disadvantaged minority groups. Most Roma families live in poverty and lack the basic services they need, including access to healthcare and education. Roma children face discrimination to the same extent adults do, being denied the right to a safe, healthy and educated childhood.
The problems Roma children face can start early in life. They are less likely to be registered at birth. Because many lack the birth certificate that signals their right to a whole range of services, including early education programmes.