Strenghtening primary Medical care in IsoLated and deprived cross-border arEas
|Priority axis||Social inclusion|
|Call||Restricted Call for Strategic Project Proposal under Priority Axis 3|
|Lead Beneficiary||4th Health District of Macedonia Thrace|
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Multi-profile Hospital for Active Treatment of Ardino
National Emergency Aid Center
Municipality of Harmanli
Within this context, the overall objective of the SMiLe project is to improve the PHC services provided to citizens in isolated and deprived CB areas in the following ways:
a) by procuring necessary modern medical equipment appropriate to serve basic patients' PHC needs (both regular and emergencies),
b) by studying and planning specific interventions in selected health units in the CB area, improving their accessibility by disabled people,
c) by enhancing the capacities of the PHC practionners working in remote and isolated areas and/ or with special populations groups,
d) by improving the response management system of emergencies services through the purchase and/ or the equipping of ambulances with special basic communication devices interconnected with the central management system
e) by developing a PHC Governance Plan encouraging the public consultation of interested parties as well as the evaluation of PHC services by the citizens
The SMiLe Project is planned to be primarly beneficial for the CB population located at remote and isolated areas without discriminations, while PHC Practitionners working in the territory will be also benefited through their participation in targeted project activities. The main project outputs are (i) the upgrading of 6 PHC units and 3 small hospitals all located in remote and disadvantaged CB territories (Paranesti, Nevrokopi, Echinos, Stavroupoli, Iasmos, Soufli, Didimoticho, Ardino and Harmanli), (ii) the creation and operation of a modern Training Center for PHC Practitionners, (iii) a set of studies focusing on the improvement of the accessibility in selected Healthcare Units in the CB area, including the preparation of a toolbox for Equal Health Provision and (iv) the development and operation of an IT Platform for the evaluation of PHC Services.
The originality and the added value of the SMiLe project lies on its cross-border joint planning and development approach, aiming to the provision of quality and equality of PHC services accessible to all citizens overpassing the geographical, social and mobility contraints.