Measure 1.1: Increasing productivity and competitiveness of economic, rural, cultural and natural resources of the programme area

Project Title: Right for Life

Project Budget:

Project Value EU Contribution
Republic of Serbia € 96,101.90 € 79,101.90
Montenegro € 95,250.00 € 80,040.00
TOTAL € 191,351.90 € 159,141.90

Beneficiary of funds in the Republic of Serbia: Health Center Novi Pazar

Partner: Sandžak Economic Development Agency – SEDA, Novi Pazar

Beneficiary of funds in Montenegro: PI Hospital Bijelo Polje

Area of implementation:
• Montenegro: Municipality of Bijelo Polje
• Serbia: Town of Novi Pazar

Project duration: Republic of Serbia: 3/9/2012 – 2/12/2013; Montenegro: 3/9/2012 – 2/9/2013

Project objectives: Overall objectives of this project are to contribute to reduce infant mortality and morbidity in the MNE-RS border area and improved medical care for pregnant mothers and infants.
Specific objective of the project is to build capacity of neonatology departments of hospitals in Novi Pazar and Bijelo Polje to reduce infant mortality.

Activities and results of the project:

The project activities related to the establishment of the Project Management Team and joint work on planning and implementation of project activities resulted in consistent implementation of envisaged measures and in the establishment of closer and long-term partner relations of health institutions in Novo Pazar and Bijelo Polje.

The funds of the project “Right for Life” were used for the procurement of equipment for partner health institutions, which significantly raised their technical capacity to provide adequate preventive and curative care for the youngest patients and their mothers. Due to the project, the hospitals in Novi Pazar and Bijelo Polje are, among other things, now technically better equipped with modern ultrasound machines, respirators, patient monitors, resuscitation devices and other fixed assets and consumables. Purchased equipment was installed in specialist departments of the two partner institutions in special infrastructurally reconstructed premises. Thus, the basis for the provision of adequate health care of pregnant women and newborns is improved.

Improved technical capacity of general hospitals in the cross-border region is supplemented by the improved human resource capacity of respective institutions, through the organisation of educational and counselling programs aimed at healthcare workers not just in these but also in other institutions in Montenegro and Serbia. The conferences addressing the issues of health care of pregnant women and newborns, attended by eminent experts in this field from Montenegro and Serbia, and also their peers from Slovenia and the Czech Republic, offered an opportunity to get familiar with the background and modern trends in preventive and hospital care of mothers and babies. All participants of educational programs organised within the project unreservedly expressed their satisfaction with professionally organised contents, which will, undoubtedly, have positive impact on their future practice, and thus furtherly contribute to the project’s overall objectives.

During the implementation period, a series of activities related to raising awareness among citizens were conducted within the project and, specifically among parents of newborns, on the necessity of adequate health care of pregnant women, newborns and mothers, and on concrete ways of care for the youngest. Educational contents, defined by relevant experts in the field of neonatology, paediatrics and gynaecology, were distributed in the cross-border region through all available local and regional electronic and print media, as well as through the fieldwork of promoters. The level of awareness and practical knowledge will considerably contribute to the joint efforts of the whole society in the project area to reduce the number of patients and mortality rate among newborns and mothers.

Following the engagement of an external expert who evaluated the implemented project activities, it was concluded that partner institutions in the cross-border region have notably raised their capacities, not only for the purpose of the future improved work in the field of health care of pregnant women, newborns and mothers, but also in the field of effective project management of significant financial value. In the future period, these capacities will certainly be used for further technical and personnel improvement of health institutions in the cross-border region, in order to establish a higher level of services to citizens of all ages.


Ibrahim Hasković, Assistant Director in PI Hospital Bijelo Polje

“This is an example which should also be followed by other health institutions from Serbia and Montenegro, and it should encourage them to participate in the development of future applications, to increase their number, so as to adapt the health care to our patients.“

Dr. Mirsad Đelek, Director of Health Centre Novi Pazar

“Neonatology Department will improve the health care of children who are born here and their mothers as well, which is of great importance since this maternity ward is among the top four in Serbia, and the duty of the management is to provide the best possible conditions.

Another important aspect of this project was to obtain references for future projects financed by EU funds. This will additionally contribute to the improvement of health care in our hospital. “

Dr. Suada Malčević, Paediatrician and Neonatologist in the Health Centre Novi Pazar

“The educational materials we have prepared within the project are designed to provide basic guidelines which are otherwise offered to patients through our work. We produced leaflets in the field of neonatology, containing the information on the most common problems among newborns, and offering concise answers to most frequently asked questions by parents.“

Dr. Nadžib Numanović, Head of Gynaecology and Obstetrics Department in Health Centre Novi Pazar

“The goal of gynaecologist is to monitor the pregnancy from the conception to the birth, and take care that the complications during the pregnancy bear minimum risk. The aim is that the women patients get used to regular checks, that the birth takes place normally and that eventually a healthy baby is born, which is the common goal for all of us.“

Available multimedia resources
Material Description Quality
Project logo High
Photos –          Conference

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