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Special care for infants

  • The number of prematurely born babies is up in the Czech Republic. 12 new intensive care units are now in place in 9 Czech cities to also increase the survival rate of the newborns.

    The Charta 77 foundation and Czech health authorities have recently established 12 new centers for prematurely born babies throughout the country, with the aim of decreasing what doctors call "neonatal morbidity". For the rest of us, neonatal morbidity refers to any disease or illness occurring to a baby within the fragile first 28 days of life.

    The 12 new centers are situated in 9 birth clinics throughout the Czech Republic, and have been provided with state of the art medical equipment such as neonatal intensive care units or incubators.
    At a press conference introducing the project, Prof. Richard Plavka, head of the Czech Society for Neonatology and head of the neonatology department at the General Faculty Hospital in Prague, pointed out that the situation in the Czech Republic has improved remarkably during the last 10 years with a strong decrease in neonatal morbidity.
    Studies show that the morbidity rate in the Czech Republic has decreased the most compared to other Central European countries, and is now on the same level as in Western European countries.

    The number of prematurely births is increasing in the Czech Republic, mainly due to the fact that women have children at a higher age, which increases the risk of premature delivery. This means that providing better care for prematurely born babies is a growing concern, and that the need for qualified personnel and new equipment will increase in the near future.

    Photo: Charta 77 Foundation

  • Country:

    Czech Republic

    Project title:

    Decrease in neonatal morbidity by improving the system of national care for extremely premature newborns

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare


    € 761,657



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Charta 77 Foundation

    Type of institution:

    Non governmental organisation

    Project duration:

    9 months

    Project cost:

    € 896,067

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    23 September 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to establish and equip 12 perinatological centres in 9 cities throughout the country, with the overall objective of improving the health of premature babies born in the Czech Republic. Reference is made to the application dated 30 December 2007 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - via a public tender process, purchase of 12 sets of equipment for the 12 perinatological centres and installation of equipment;

    - management and publicity

    The Project Promoter is the Charta 77 Foundation.

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