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CZ0167 Refurbished rooms of the Children Psychiatric Medical Institution Opaøany photo by hbe and behu MNFA.jpg

Strengthened mental health treatment for children in the Czech Republic

  • On 30 November 2010, the renovated and refurbished Children Psychiatric Medical Institution in Oparany was officially opened. The hospital upgrade is supported with a €480,000 grant from Norway.

    The Children Psychiatric Institution in the Polish town of Oparany offer specialised psychiatric treatment to children and adolescents who suffer from mental illness and psychiatric disorders. The institution, located in a former monastery, is the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic. Approximately 600 children and adolescents between the age of 3 and 18 who battle hyperactivity, personality development disruption, posttraumatic syndrome or other disorders receive treatment at the institution every year, each spending on average 50 days there.

    Before the project started, the building and its equipment were in unsatisfactory conditions, both functionally and aesthetically. The institution was in need of basic equipment, and the non-functionality of the building could sometimes pose a risk to the physical health of the patients.

    However, thanks to support from Norway, the institution has now been renovated and refurbished to improve its quality of treatment and the life quality of its patients. New equipment and furniture for the institution have been purchased and installed, the patients’ rooms and therapy spaces have been modernised, and the outdoor areas for leisure time activities and movement therapy have been reconstructed. New beds are in place for 160 children patients, modern colourful furniture and play therapy tools have been purchased and staff rooms have been modernised and equipped with new furniture and computers.

    Partner in the project was the Psychiatric Medical Institution in Dobrany, which thanks to Norwegian funding also has been renovated and refurbished, and equipped with 25 new beds and a reconstructed playground.

    Opening ceremony
    The opening and the successful completion of the project were celebrated with a festive ceremony on 30 November. Norway’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jens Eikaas, and representatives of the Czech Ministries of Health and Finance were among the guests of honour.

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    Photo: One of the refurbished children's rooms at the Children Psychiatric Medical Institution in Oparany. The picture is taken by the NMFA. 

  • Country:

    Czech Republic

    Project title:

    Children psychiatric patients´ welfare and environment enhancement

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project duration:

    10 months

    Project cost:

    € 564,414

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    07 April 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to enhance the quality of treatment related to social integration, provided for children at the Children Psychiatric Medical Institution Oparany and the Psychiatric Medical Institution Dobrany , with the overall objective to improve the mental health treatment conditions for children in the Czech Republic. Reference is made to the application dated 22 October 2008 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - reconstruction works at the Children Psychiatric Medical Institution Oparany sport ground and the Psychiatric Medical Institution Dobrany playground;

    - purchase and installation of equipment and furniture for both institutions;

    - purchase and installation of movement therapy equipment for both institutions;

    - project management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the Children Psychiatric Medical Institution Oparany. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Psychiatric Medical Institution Dobrany.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Ministry of Health provides at least 15 percent of the total estimated eligible Project costs.