Care for children from Mogilino Institution is improving
Sofia, 23 January 2008 – Work on the operational plan for closure of Mogilino institution, prepared by the Agency for Social Assistance (ASA) and implemented in partnership with UNICEF and Alliance of NGOs (“For Our Children” Foundation, Social Activities and Practices Institute, Bulgarian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, International Social Service, and CARITAS-Bulgaria) continues. The plan aims at providing additional care for the children from the institution, preparing individual assessment of the needs of every child and securing a suitable solution for each of them.
For more than two and a half months, teams of specialists, primarily health specialists, physiotherapists and people from social services have been working in the institution in Mogilino. They have been providing improved care and stimulation for the children and youth. Assessment of the health condition of every child has been made. Four children and one of the persons over 18 were hospitalized for diagnosis, venous transfusion, and therapy. Hospitalization of the other children and young people in need of therapy and/or surgical intervention has been planned. The nutrition of the children has substantially improved. Special food supplements are provided for relieving the consequences of the insufficient nutrition. All children are responding to the new diet, showing higher vitality and gaining weight. Three rehabilitators started to work with the children and youth in the institution. First 15 individual assessments have been prepared. By the end of February all individual assessments will be completed.
Family Type Homes
Discussions have taken place with the Agency for Social Assistance and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy for the development of Small Family Type Homes for the re-allocation of children and young people after closing the institution.
In planning the development of alternative services for the region of Rousse, UNICEF will apply the regional planning approach, which will include a placement analysis of all institutionalized children in the region of Rousse (about 560) and an assessment of all vulnerable children and families.
Tzvetelina Bonova, Communications and Public Relations, UNICEF Bulgaria
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