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Project Background

In the Greece – Bulgaria cross-border area, there is already significant health infrastructure. However, the dispersion of health establishments and the quality of health service provided is unbalanced between rural and urban centers.

Inhabitants of remote villages have limited or no access to health services, whereas, in big cities like Smolyan, Blagoevgrad, Thessaloniki, there is sufficient infrastructure and medical care of competitive level. The occasion of Komotini’s and Kardzhali’s hospital is more or less in the middle providing the basic health and medical services being unable to provide special treatment and manage emergencies.

The central need which triggered this project’s plan and development is the new road which will connect Komotini and Kardzhali. This road is a part of the Transeuropean network and more specifically part of Corridor 9. Without doubt the new road will enhance cooperation activities between the two cities but at the same time will create new needs for health services. The assumption is that any accident incurred on the international road between Komotini and Kardzhali will be carried out by these two hospitals. Currently, Komotinis’ and Kardzhali’s hospitals do not have sufficient and specialized units to face emergency road accidents due to the lack of accidents that demand this kind of special services. This project scope is to meet this upcoming need by upgrading quality of life through cooperation and networking on health and social welfare issues.

The project’s idea is
a. to improve the existing and
b. set up new emergency service capabilities of Komotini and Kardzhali hospitals in order to be able to encounter emergencies occurring in the new highway.

At the same time the project’s scope is to systemically upgrade all emergency services which are extremely crucial for people in the cross border area.
Nowadays, both hospitals cannot face efficiently important emergency situations incidents and transferring injured persons and patients in centralized hospital units (with extremely negative consequences) is a common practice. Given that, after the construction of the new road these incidents will be multiplied, it is obvious that a substantial intervention should be done. Given that cooperation in health issues is one of the main objectives of the European Territorial Cooperation Programs, the fact that the improvement of health and medical services can contribute substantially to the upgrade of quality of life and the multiple effects of strong and effective emergency services through hospital cooperation develop the MEDICINET project.