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Medical equipment for heart diseases diagnosis

The project was implemented in the municipality of Sokobanja in eastern Serbia, in the Zajecar District, 240 kilometres northeast of Belgrade. The municipality is composed of 24 villages and the town of Sokobanja. The town is in a group of underdeveloped municipalities, whereas the villages located there are particularly threatened with poverty.

The General Department of the Health Centre in Sokobanja provides health services for about 14,000 residents. The medical equipment in the centre is very outdated and worn out. The funds received by this local institution from the municipality are inadequate to buy even the most needed equipment.

As a developing country, the Republic of Serbia has a high morbidity and mortality rate from cardiovascular disease. An ECG is of great significance for early detection and treatment of heart disease. The General Department of the Health Centre in Sokobanja did not have its own ECG machine and used equipment under the disposal of the emergency medical service. The village outpatient clinics did not have such equipment either.

Medical equipment for heart diseases diagnosis

Under the project, one blood pressure monitor and four ECG machines were purchased for the Health Centre in Sokobanja. The equipment was delivered to the General Department of the Centre, which is responsible for ensuring health care for residents who are employed and unemployed, as well as to three village outpatient clinics subordinated to the centre (Josanica, Mužinac and Vrelo).

The project is a response to the needs of residents for access to health care. Thanks to the purchase of the needed equipment, the centre can provide health care of the appropriate standard by increasing diagnostic capacity in heart disease detection. The project increases the accessibility of medical care for residents of the village, especially for women and children, and in the long term will contribute to improving the health of residents of the Sokobanja municipality. The purchased ECG machine is of great significance for the state of health of pregnant women and women after childbirth. Examinations and early diagnosis result in a lower risk of complications and death during pregnancy. The equipment is also used for cases of heart disease in children. After the equipment was installed, an information campaign was organised for the residents of the municipality pointing to the importance of early diagnosis and a healthy lifestyle.

The equipment purchased under the project is available to all residents of the municipality and benefits the whole local community. One of the assets of the project is the target group and the measures to ensure equal access to medical equipment for residents of urban as well as rural areas. Residents of rural areas are often discriminated against in terms of health care in relation to residents of the more affluent and developed municipalities of Serbia.

The purchase of equipment will contribute to attainment of Millennium Development Goals, i.e. to promote gender equality, to reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health.

The project was to be implemented from 3 October to 18 December 2015 in the Sokobanja municipality in cooperation with the local non-governmental organisation Human Rights Committee – Majdanpek.

Medical equipment for heart diseases diagnosis

The project was implemented in the period from 3 October to 18 December 2015. Under the project, one blood pressure monitor and four ECG machines were purchased. The equipment was installed in three outpatient clinics and in the Health Centre in Sokobanja.

The measures taken improved access to basic health examinations for less privileged residents and above all for women, pregnant women, children and elderly people. The purchased equipment significantly improved the standard of medical care offered to the residents of the municipality (about 14,000 people). A project promotion campaign was carried out in the local media, designed to bring public attention (particularly of residents of villages who until then had no free access to such equipment) to matters of early diagnosis and general care for one’s health.

Boards containing information on the project being funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were placed in the outpatient clinics and in the health centre.