Provision of Health care and Social services to vulnerable communities in the BG-GR CB area


Project Number – MIS 5021480
Priority axis 4 - A Socially Inclusive Cross-Border Area
Investment priorities 9a - Investing in health and social infrastructure which contributes to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, promoting social inclusion through improved access to social, cultural and recreational
Intervention fields 053. Health infrastructure
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Municipality of Strumyani
Beneficiaries Association of Cancer Patients and Friends of Evros Prefecture - SinehiZO
Municipality of Topolovgrad
Start Date Oct 18, 2017
End Date Sep 17, 2023
Budget 783.704,99 €
ERDF Contribution 666.149,24 €
National Contribution 117.555,75 €
The overall objective of the project to promote social inclusion and to create conditions for the integration of persons with disabilities, disadvantaged children, persons sentenced to probation, elderly people with mental health problems, cancer patients and their families by opening new and renovation of existing centers for social services in the municipalities Strumyani and  Topolovgrad and purchase of mobile unit in Evros. 

The aim of the partners in this project is to create conditions for keeping a full life for the ones in need, their social inclusion in society and to provide primary psychological assistance the vulnerable communities. Meanwhile, in the BG-GR cross-border region is observed unevenness in the development of social and health services. 

The common actions of the partners in the project will contribute to ensuring affordable and quality social and health services for the integration of communities and individuals, for self-fulfillment and care for people at risk, and to ensuring conditions for full and decent life for people with mental disorders and people needing psychical support which are the main priorities in the social policy of beneficiaries. The Municipality of Strumyani, the Municipality ofTopolovgrad and the Association of Cancer Patients and Friends of Evros Prefecture - SinehiZO will join their efforts, labor resources and professional skills to build a new center for social rehabilitation and integration in Strumyani, to improve facilities in the home for adults with mental health problems in Topolovgrad, to create and equip two mobile units for social and healthservices for vulnerable groups and cancer patients.

The project will create cross-border cooperation network to protect vulnerable social groups. For this purpose an informational campaign will be organized including  information days  in GR and in BG on cancer and early diagnosis and a ”Month of the psychological health”. The campaign will include number of informational measures and work in focus groups which is an innovative approach within the region. 
The activities within the project will ensure the establishment and re-equipment of 3  health care institutions in the cross border region and will moreover raise their capacity through trainings of their social workers, rehabilitators and psychologists and access to health and social services to the citizens of  the region.

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