Public Health Initiatives

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Finance
Programme ID:
In implementation
Programme Donors
Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI)
Date of approval:
Total amount:
EEA Grants fund:
Norway Grants fund:
€ 19,180,000
Programme areas:

Currently available funding

Programme Summary

Why is the programme needed?  The programme is addressing three areas where the Czech healthcare system has specific needs. As in most European countries, mental health services have been underfunded for many years, with related problems of stigmatization of both patients and of psychiatric care as a whole. Another problem-area is injuries affecting children and youth, in fact injuries is the most common cause of death of children and youth in the Czech Republic, most commonly due to traffic accidents or suicides. Prevention programmes are underway, however an overall view of causes of high injury mortality is lacking. A third problematic area is slow identification and diagnosis of rare diseases, mostly due to decentralised activities of the specialised centres working in this field.  What will the programme achieve?  The Programme will contribute to transforming psychiatric care in the Czech Republic through a comprehensive focus on treatment, de-stigmatisation, prevention and gradual transfer towards more community-care based services. Mental patients as a target group shall have improved access to healthcare and have better chances of re-integration into society through an increased focus on preventive measures. 15 programmes on de-stigmatization and de-institutionalization of psychiatric patients will be established and implemented by NGOs, to mention one example. The programme will also make fully functional the National Coordinating Centre for the Prevention of Injuries, Violence and Child Safety which will ensure an improved coordinated systematic approach to the challenges in this area. Lastly the Programme will support measures to ensure early and effective diagnosis of rare diseases, as well as access to high quality health care treatment for patients with rare diseases.  How will it be achieved?  Conditions for both the development and the implementation of the rehabilitation system of psychiatric care will be created, which should lead to better monitoring and evaluation of the patient as well as enable and prepare the patient to re-integrate into society. The National Coordinating Centre for the Prevention of Injuries, Violence and Child Safety will be strengthened through support to its child injury prevention activities, as well as to a coordinated national care system for rare diseases. There will be three pre-defined projects as well as two open calls and two small grant schemes under the programme.  How will bilateral relations be strengthened?  The programme has a high ambition for bilateral cooperation as a donor partnership programme with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Cooperation with other Donor State partners will take place in the pre-defined projects under the programme as well as under the bilateral fund. The programme is particularly well suited for project partnerships, and a seed money fund will support these.  Who can apply for funding under this programme?  The eligible applicants are state-owned organisations / entities funded by State organisational units; private healthcare facilities; organisations at municipal and regional level; and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).