Health is the most important dimension of human life and a crucial parameter in the protection of human life. Within this context and aiming to upgrade the health services in the wider area, the General Hospital of Kilkis from the beginning of 2013 coordinates the project «Ipa Sield: Joint Actions for the protection and improvement of public health in the Cross-Border Area».
The specific project was planned and implemented within IPA Cross-border Programme “Greece – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2007 – 2013” from the General Hospital of Kilkis in cooperation with the General Hospital of Gevgelija. These hospitals are two of the most important health unitsof the cross-border area. The cross-border dimension of the project is enhanced even more by the fact that the Hospital of Gevgelija is just ten kilometers away from the health center of Polykastro which belongs to the Hospital of Kilkis. Moreover, both hospitals are able to manage emergency incidents from road accidents, as well as numerous diseases from the stage of diagnosis to the clinical treatment.
The project is co-funded for the Greek side at 25% by the European Union and 75% by National funds, while for the side of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia the funding is covered at 85% by the European Union through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), 10% by National funds and 5% by private participation of the beneficiaries’ bodies.
The overall objective of the project is to develop joint actions in both sides of the borders, for the improvement of the quality of life in the cross-border area, through the protection of public health. In this way the project aims at strengthening in parallel the competiveness, the territorial cohesion and the sustainable development in the programme area.
More precisely, the project aims to:
the upgrade of human life by improving health services.
strengthening cooperation in health and social protection issues.
the prevention, control and research infectious and epidemic diseases.
the satisfactory management of all the accidents that occur in the cross-border area, through the upgrade of the emergency services, as well as the development of a series of joint procedures for their management.
the creation of a strong cooperation channel between Greek and the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia health system aiming to its expansion to all cross border’s health units.
the provision of new, improved health and medical services to citizens and tourists of the cross border area saving human lives.
the maximization of the effectiveness of the health units in the cross-border area aiming to the provision of advanced services to citizens.
The project is expected to contribute significantly to the protection of life, ensuring cooperation and networking on health and social welfare issues.
More specifically, the most important outcomes are the following:
Protection of human life.
Improvement of life conditions through advanced health and medical services.
Adoption new common methods for epidemiology treatments and protection in the CB area.
Develop common protocols.
Develop an innovative health fast track method, aiming to the best and the most beneficial treatment in case of an emergency.
Upgrade of human capital (doctors, nurses, bearers) after training programs.
Advanced health services both to the citizens and the tourists.
Cohesion enhancement and exchange of know how.
Minimization of medical transportation and creation of a new health pole.
Environmental protection installing new environmentally friendly equipment.