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Queen's University
 

ICACBR

Balkans Primary Health Care Policy Project

A joint project with Canadian Society for International Health and Queen's University/ Department of Family Medicine and ICACBR
A CIDA Directive Project


    Project Information

    Name:

    Balkans Primary Health Care Policy Project

    Donors:

    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

    Budget:

    $7,000,000 CAD

    Duration:

    September 2006 - September 2009

    Primary Site:

    Balkans - Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

    Beneficiaries:

    This CIDA directive project aims to contribute to the achievement of responsive and accountable primary health care (PHC) systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that improves their citizens' health outcomes, creating an enabling environment for social, economic and political development.


    Overview:

    On February 3, 2006, the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH), a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) in international health, and Queen's University (QU), a leader in international health education, signed a contract with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to work collaboratively on the design and implementation of the Balkans Primary Health Care Policy Project. This CIDA directive project aims to contribute to the achievement of responsive and accountable primary health care (PHC) systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia that improves their citizens' health outcomes, creating an enabling environment for social, economic and political development.

    The socio-political and economic context in BiH and Serbia is very complex and undergoing a high degree of fundamental change. Both countries have the goal of integration in the European Union (EU) and have started on the long process of preparation towards formal negotiations. In keeping with this direction the countries are reforming and building new institutions that are consistent with EU standards. This includes the reform of the health care system.

    PHC is the cornerstone of reform in these countries; however, each country has chosen different models. In Serbia PHC is based on the chosen doctor and his/her team. In BiH, PHC is based on the concept of family medicine.

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