Name of the activity: Balkan SCOPH Weekend 4
Country/NMO: Croatia (CroMSIC); Slovenia (SloMSIC); Bosnia and Herzegovina – Republic of Srpska (SaMSIC); Bosnia and Herzegovina (BoHeMSA); Serbia (IFMSA-Serbia); Montenegro (MoMSIC); Macedonia (MMSA); Bulgaria (AMSB); Romania (FASMR)
Program: Health Systems
Contact information: [email protected]
Type of the activity: Education
BSW is an international project born after MM15. It brings together medical students from Southeastern European region interested in public health who recognized the similarity in problems the healthcare in their country is dealing with.
This year’s topic is of great importance internationally since the gap in life expectancy between rural and urbal areas is steadily rising. This project works on pin-pointing problems leading to this fenomenon, but also on improving quality of life among rural population.
People living in rural area don’t have as good access to medical care as people living in urban areas. Also, both children and elderly population are less involved in health system, the main reasons being insufficient education, mistrust in the system and sparse medical services. Aim of this project is to target specific problems that are linked with living in rural regions.
Target groups and beneficiaries:
Target group – medical students interested in public health
Beneficiaries – population living in rural areas; health system which benefits from improved, more suitable healthcare
Objectives and indicators of success:
Acknowledge the gap between healthcare in urban and rural population
Find common problems shared with the neighbouring countries and work toward solving them through small working groups
Work on improvement of mental health, especially among younger population
Consider actions toward reducing the prevalence of NCD’s, focusing on how to lower the percentage of smoking cigarettes and consumation of alcohol
Indicator of success for all is greater number of high quality, rural health oriented activities in each NMO and, consequenstly, better community healthcare for rural population
Ex-catedra lectures with time for questions to provide basic informations about main topics
Small working groups focusing on specific problems in more detail, brainstorming and discussing different points
Plans for evaluation:
Participants will be obliged to fill in the questionnaire at the end of the Activity.