Securing health care in line with human rights standards for persons with disabilities in residential institutions in Serbia
Implemented by: Association of Lawyers for Medical and Health Law of Serbia-SUPRAM, Belgrade and Association for mental health improvement “Mental Oasis”, Vrsac
Duration: December 2016 – December 2017
Financed: European Union
Overall objective: To contribute to respect of all human rights and freedoms and foster development of a more inclusive society based on non-discrimination and tolerance.
- Improving the accessibility of health care services that residents receive, their availability and quality.
- Improving the position of residents that are deprived of their legal capacity or that struggle with a label of mental disability and facing social stigmatisation.
- Building capacities of the caregivers and medical staff to more appropriately overcome the systemic challenges and more adequately preserve and protect the rights of the resident patients.
- Combat discriminatory practices against persons with disabilities and promote human rights and inclusiveness.
- Raised awareness and improved knowledge of respective caregivers and staff in residential institutions and medical professionals in healthcare institutions about the standards and rights in providing health care to residents.
- Set of concrete recommendations applicable by the relevant instances – ministries, independent bodies and CSOs.
- Thematic report on health care for residents of psychiatric and social care institutions in Serbia-violations, practice and shortcomings.
- Analysis of state of the art provisions and practices with regard to health care for persons with disabilities and persons with disabilities in residential settings and
- Analysis of the adopted and emerging standards regarding the treatment, position and rights of persons with disabilities, found in relevant international and regional human rights sources
- Focus groups in five residential institutions with medical staff, caregivers and administration of selected residential institutions in five cities in Serbia
- One focus group with experts and decision makers in the area of disability and human rights, health care and health law in the city of Belgrade
- Interviews with residents and other subjects in selected residential institutions
- Five one-day trainings organised for the institutional staff in the chosen residential institutions
- 2 round tables
- Final study and policy recommendations
- Final conference
- Press release and other visibility activities (submission to leading policy-oriented portals and platforms)