ANNUAL RESULTS OF THE “CONNECTING” PROJECT PRESENTED
Combining the knowledge and experience of the Ministry of Health and UNICEF with Telenor’s telecommunication technologies is significantly improving Roma families’ health and quality of life in Serbia.
May 26th, 2011. – Thanks to the “Connecting“ Project, implemented by the Serbian Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Telenor, data on 95,708 Roma people was collected over the past year, with registration cards completed for 820 Roma settlements, and detailed description of living conditions provided for 26,347 Roma families. The Project has contributed significantly to the education of Roma families in Serbia and helped them to exercise their healthcare and health insurance rights.
By combining their experience and knowledge with modern technologies, the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Telenor, have substantially improved and facilitated the activities of healthcare mediators. “Since the beginning of the the Roma Healthcare Mediators project, 120,708 Roma have been registered, 8,238 children have been vaccinated, 4,924 Roma women have visited a gynaecologist, 14,468 Roma have selected a doctor, and 1,333 children have been admitted to school. The support provided by the Ministry of Health to the “Connecting“ Project has helped the healthcare mediators in numerous ways to do a better quality, more efficient job“ commented Mr. Zoran Stankovic, Minister of Health.
This successful project partnership is set to continue and to connect an additional 15 healthcare mediators in 10 additional cities, making 75 mediators in 60 cities all together in Serbia. They are accompanied by 60 visiting nurses, who also visit Roma settlements, thus connecting Roma people with healthcare institutions.
“I would like to welcome Telenor’s social responsibility and the healthcare system’s openness to introducing innovative methodology into the operating procedures of primary healthcare as a whole. I especially commend the commitment of Roma healthcare mediators who have mastered the technology and converted it into practice with perseverance and energy, in order to provide a better quality life for those who are in the greatest need”, said Judita Reichenberg, UNICEF Area Representative.