Republika Srpska’s health ministry hosted a nursing conference in Banja Luka, at which the results of the first phase of Strengthening of Nursing in Bosnia and Herzegovina Project (ProSes) were presented. The project is supported by the Swiss government and implemented by the Fami Foundation and the Geneva University Hospitals.
Some 200 participants in the conference discussed the nursing needs and challenges in Bosnia, the trends in the nursing profession, the results achieved in the first phase of the ProSes project and the plans for next project phase. By this year, the ProSes project supported the introduction of community nursing in 10 municipalities: Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Brčko, Livno, Mostar, Mostar Old Town, Odžak, Prijedor, Tomislavgrad and Tuzla. 195 nurses who provided community nursing care services to more than 67,000 persons during the last couple of years were educated and equipped. The project also supported the revision of curricula at four public nursing schools in accordance with international standards, and equipped eight schools with modern equipment for clinical practical training.
ProSes is supported and financed with €4 million by the Swiss Government. Its implementation was joined by the Federation and Republika Srpska health and education ministries, the health and education departments of the Brčko District and the Bosnian civil affairs ministry.