| VIII National Meeting “Initiative for Health and Vaccination” |
17th and 18th October 2014 the National Meeting “Initiative for Health and
Vaccination” was held in Sofia. Within the initiative reprsentatives of government institutions,
non-governmental organisations and private sector discussed the improvement of access to health
care services for vulnerable communities. The project is implemented by the
National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues at the
Council of Ministers (NCCEII) together with the Ministry of Health. Project
partners include Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of Education
and Science, Ministy of Finance, Association “National Network of Health
Mediators”, National Association of General Practitioners in Bulgaria,
Bulgarian Association forVaccine prophylaxis, patient organisations. The event is supported by GlaxoSmithKline.
Meeting was opened in Granite hall of Council of Ministers by prof. Yordan Hristoskov (Deputy Prime
Minister of Bulgaria, Minister of Labour and Social Policy and Chairman of the
National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues), followed by
Dr. Todorova (Ministry of Health); Dr. Todorovska (Deputy General Director, Bulgarian Red Cross); prof.
Kantardjiev (Director of National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases);
Dr. Kolpakova (World HealthOrganisation).
the Meeting were presented successful projects implemented in partnership with
the National Network of Health Mediators:
Samuilova (representative ofthe International Organisation for Migration), presented the participation of Health
mediators in EquiHealth project and the short
movie Profession “Health Mediator”, which was filmed
in Predel mahala (Blagoevgrad) and Kovachevo village, Bulgaria. The project
gathered coordinators of mediation programmes and (Health) mediators from
Belgium, France, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria with the common goal to estabilish European
network of Health mediators.
Irina Dinka (representative of theEuropean Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) presented joint work
with NNHM and the results of the project “Let’s Talk About Protection”, implemented by
ECDC, National Network of Health Mediators and National Centre of Infectious
and Parasitic Diseases. Bulgaria, represented of National Network of Health
Mediators, was assessed as a preferred partner in future pilot initiatives of
ECDC, and Bulgarian Health-mediation programme - as a unique successful example
for working among the most excluded and marginalized vulnerable communities.
Ivaylo Tournev (Chairman of Ethnic Minorities Health Problems Foundation and
member of NCCEII) presented the results for 2014 of the three-year project “Together
for Better Health” implemented by National Network of Health
Mediators in Bulgaria and other three non-governmental organisations in
Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Prof. Tournev shared that there is a opportunity for
project continuation, after the positive assessment of the work so far.
Kirilova and Antoaneta Eftimova (Health mediators from Blagoevgrad) shared
experience from their
work on the field. Velcho Mihalev (HM from Aytos) shared his first-person story of the
voluntary missions of HM in Asparuhovo quarter (Varna), Mizia and Dobrich after
the floods in the summer of 2014.
Petkova (representative of Ethnic Minorities Health Problems Foundation)
presented pilot project within
the Programme for Support of NGOs in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European
Economic Area. Within the project new practices for work of Health mediators will
be tested in hospitals, emergency departments and Regional Health
Traditionally, in the second
part of the initiative
joint trainings forrepresentatives of Regional Health Inspectorates and Health mediators were held.
Some of the topics were:prophylaxys of rotavirus infections; cervical cancer;hepatitis and significant diseases in children - COPD and asthma. The
participants in the training hadthe opportunity to learn details for Ebola disease by Dr. Irina Dinka. She presented the latest
information about the spread of the disease, prevention and treatment. The
presentation was followed by a lively discussion.