Comprehensive pain management in Bosnia-Herzegovina

On May 8th, 2008, the Assistant Minister of Health of the Federation of BiH, Dr. Marina Bera, the Assistant Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Republika Srpska, Dr. Milan Latinovic, Minster Counsellor Sefic Fadzan of the Ministery of Foreign Affaires of BiH, JICA Resident Representative, Mr Masao Shikano and HOPE’87 Secretary General, Mr Robert Ottitsch signed an agreement marking the third phase of a programme to provide comprehensive pain management in both entities. 

This project, “Comprehensive Pain Management in BH: establishing Satellite Pain Management Units (SPAMU), financed by JICA, will establish three Satellite Pain Management Units and provide professional training for several hundreds of qualified medical personal. It is part of an overall vision shared by the Ministry of Health of the Federation of BiH and of Republika Srpska, the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of BIH, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and HOPE’87. This vision strives to provide equal access to comprehensive pain therapy for all patients in all parts of both entities. Several other donors are supporting this vision, such as the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with the project “Comprehensive Pain Management in BH: establishing a pain management network in BiH” and the International Trust Fund (ITF) with the project “Comprehensive Pain Management in BH: establishing four Pain Therapy Departments in the Clinical Centres of Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar and Tuzla”. 

In order to improve the coverage of the programme for the whole territory of BiH a further support of the international community on multilateral level will be necessary and donors are invited to join this unique opportunity to support Bosnia and Herzegovina not only on the medical-technical level, but also in its strive to strengthen its democratic structures and initiatives. For more information, please contact the Secretary General of HOPE’87 atoffice@hope87.at.