Pain management network for persons with disabilities

Country: 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Region: 
countrywide
Project Duration: 
01/02/2008 to 31/01/2010
Status: 
Completed
Donor(s): 
Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), UNESCO, HOPE'87
Project Description: 

 Overall aim of the project is to support the efforts of BiH to establish a countrywide, comprehensive health and pain management network for pain patients and especially for conflict and mine victims. To achieve this aim, the implementation of a standardized procedure for pain management correspondent to international knowledge both at clinical and community level (Community Rehabilitation Centres CBR) is aspired. Pain Management, as understood in this holistic approach, comprises pain detection, pain recognition, pain therapy and pain prophylaxis.  To improve the patients live the patient is supported and accompanied through all the stages of this process.

Concrete activities, which were implemented, comprehend the establishment and organisation of three Satellite Pain Management Units (SPAMU) in already existing health centres, the training in pain management of 240 members of the medical staff through six workshops and the further training of 200 doctors through 20 single day workshops about specific pain topics. This project is co-funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

Cross cutting issues: 

Disability, Capacity Building

Project Background: 


Due to brain drain during the post war period in BiH there is a lack of a comprehensive, countrywide medical network of pain management for persons with disabilities, pain patients and especially for mine and conflict victims of the war previous war in BiH.  The two main problems concerning Pain Management in BiH are on the one hand the lack of adequate and broad possibilities for pain therapy as well as of psychosocial support for persons with disabilities and pain patients and on the other hand the lack of trained personnel for pain therapy.