Rehabilitation and social integration for the youth in BiH - a community approach to rehabilitation and integration

Project Duration: 
01/07/2012 to 28/02/2014
OPEC Fund for Internation Development (OFID), UNESCO, Land Oberösterreich, HOPE'87
Project Description: 

Project Description

The overall objective of the project is to improve the opportunities of people with disabilities (civil war and mine victims and specifically disadvantaged young people) in order to facilitate a physical and intellectual participation in the socio-economic life in Bosnia Herzegovina.

The concrete objective of the project is the improvement and the support of the medical-technical as well as the organizational capacities of the 120 centers - 60 Community-based Rehabilitation Centers  (CBR) and 60 Community Mental Health Centers (CMH).

The target group inlcudes 270 medical and (socio-)psychological health professionals of the CBR and CHM and, subsequently, people with disabilities who consult them and profit from their enhanced knowledge.

The project supports many activities in order to expand the medical-technical and the medical-psychological know-how of the CBR and CMH staff. These activities include special training for 180 CBR physicians and health care professionals in the field of rehabilitation techniques as well as courses for further training of 90 psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers concerning the prevention and early diagnosis of mental functional disorders. Moreover, regular coaching and supervision of the local partners and the staff of the CBR and CMH ensures the aspired expansion of the network.

Cross cutting issues: 

Democracy & Human Rights, Disability, Gender Equality

Project Background: 

Since 2006 HOPE’87 together with its cooperation partners ADA, UNESCO, JICA, OFID and the Ministries of Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Republic of Serbia has established an almost nationwide network of pain management and medical care for people with special needs. This network of pain relief and pain management benefits people with disabilities, especially war and mine, as well as chronic pain patients. Furthermore, initial and further training of more than 600 physicians and health care professionals was provided.