Paintherapy for children with disabilities

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Project Duration: 
01/04/2009 to 31/08/2010
Austrina Development Cooperation (ADC), International Trust Fundation (ITF), Japan Interantional Cooperation Agency (JICA), HOPE'87
Project Description: 

 The objective of this project is to establish a Pain Management Unit (PMU) for children in Sarajevo and to provide professional training for medical personnel as well as supporting scientific research to improve the medical care for children, who suffer from chronic and/or acute pain and to reintegrate into society.

This project is part of a series of projects HOPE’87 implemented in cooperation with Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the International Trust Fund (ITF), as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in order to establish a countrywide network of pain management and pain therapy facilities for persons with disabilities and pain patients.

 The temporary Children’s Clinic in Sarajevo comprises of 110 beds, of which 20 are used by the pediatric intensive care unit as well as the neonatal intensive care unit. Children receive pain therapy and medical treatment after different surgeries. Most of these children suffer from pain caused by their diseases or disabilities and have to undergo painful diagnostic tests and therapies.

Activities carried out to achieve the project objective comprise of trainings and workshops for medical personnel, the purchase of necessary medical-technical therapy equipment and slight improvements as well as monitoring.


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. The situation for children, who suffer from chronic pain is particularly tenuous, especially for children of infantile of early infantile age, who live with a disabilities and/or suffer from chronic pain. This is also shown by the fact that there is no paediatrician, who has special training in the field of pain management with children in Sarajevo so far.