Activities in field of Health

As the global COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world, the CEI has addressed all its resources to support the communities in its Member States. We at the Secretariat launched targeted grant opportunities, initiated new collaborations with key players in the health sector, and established a dedicated Task Force. At the same time, we have kept up with our ongoing projects aimed at providing innovative health and care solutions to aging populations. Overall, a focus on health has been an all-embracing feature of our operations throughout the past months and will continue to be present for future needs. Our three-fold action consists of a multilateral partnership, a bottom-up approach, and EU funds for CEI projects.

CEI-WHO Task Force in response to COVID-19

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In early May 2020, the CEI-ES and WHO regional Office for Europe joined efforts by setting up a Task Force composed of key health officials from CEI Member States to respond to COVID-19. The Task Force provides a platform for the timely exchange of information and coordination in the CEI-wide region.

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COVID-19 Extraordinary Call for Proposals  

Following the launch of the Extraordinary Call for Proposals, we received over 7000 submissions. 22 applications made it to the final round with 19 of them covering health-related proposals. 

Ongoing activities  
Title of Project Applicant  Country Others countries involved
Strengthening capacities of nurses - front line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 response; Strong nurses for strong health systems and a healthier world. SEEHN Secretariat   Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Moldova; Montenegro; North Macedonia; Serbia
Distance learning on epidemic and pandemic outbreaks in Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia. Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS)  Italy Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia.
Distance Learning on epidemic and pandemic outbreaks in Eastern Balkans: Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS)  Italy Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
E-learning Platform for people with disability Help the life Association   Albania  
SOS Covid Emergency – protecting mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of adults and minors during social distancing in Italy and Serbia SOS Children’s villages Italy and Serbia  Italy; Serbia  
Support to the health operators in piloting telemedicine and tackle COVID-19 spread in Moldova (TeleM) Homecare" Association  Moldova  
Teleconsultations for doctors and nurses, a quick guide webinar series – TelCoDoc Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd. Slovenia Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Montenegro; North Macedonia; Serbia.
STOP COVID 19 Lviv Polytechnic National University and Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University; Belarus State Economic University  Belarus; Ukraine.  
Dissemination of the Knowledge on Application of Ionising Radiation for Sterilization of Medical Equipment, Personal Protection Equipment and the other Microbiologically Infected Objects Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT)  Poland Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.
Protecting mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in a time of unprecedented crisis. Bulgarian Society of Group Analysis and Group Processes  Bulgaria Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.
STEMI – COVID-19 Telemedicine triage tool to protect hospital staff STEMI Global  Slovakia Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Montenegro; North Macedonia; Serbia; Slovenia.
Healthcare online (HERO) Rudjer Boskovic Institute  Croatia  Italy; Ukraine.
Use of Regressive Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Methods in Modelling of COVID-19 spread - COVIDAi University of Kragujevac  Serbia Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.
Improving COVID-19 Reporting (ICR) Transitions   Czech Republic Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Moldova; Montenegro; Serbia; Ukraine
Hospital at home in the field of chronic wound management during the COVID-19 pandemic in Romania and Moldova Association Caritas Alba Iulia- Medical and Social Assistance  Romania Moldova, Romania
National Telemedicine Platform Institute of Public Health /  Montenegro  
ShareIT Platform – Sharing of relevant electronic IT experience, data, knowledge, trainings, webinars, offer and demand via new Platform Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Srpska  Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia; Italy; Montenegro; Serbia; Slovenia
Portal implementation for sharing information about PPE manufacturers and telemedicine providers at benefit of local institutions in non EU CEI Member States who deals procurement for hospitals, and Transfer of best practice and tools for fighting Covid19 sanitary emergency. INFORMEST CONSULTING SRL  Italy Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; North Macedonia; Serbia; Ukraine.
Interactive webinars to accelerate the shift to digital innovation in Albanian health - WebinHealth Lepida SCPA  Italy Albania
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EU-funded Projects 

dhe Digital Health Europe is funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme and aims at supporting large-scale deployment of digital solutions for person-centered integrated care. More here.
ithaca ITHACA funded under the Interreg EUROPE programme, aims at enhancing the efficiency of regional ecosystems by supporting the development of efefctive and inniovative health-related solutions for an active and healthy aging population. More here.

ACSELL funded under the Interreg Europe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund,  aims at accelerating SME innovation capacities following the living lab approach. Access to smart, integrated interregional policy instruments, a vibrant   ecosystem and  relevant competencies will pave the way towards demand-driven and effective and efficient innovation. More here.


T.A.A.F.E is funded by the Interreg ALPINE SPACE Programme. A growing ageing population and an increasing number of isolated elderly people demand new approaches and political commitment. To this end, the WHO has developed the concept of sustainable age-friendly environments (AFE), using an integrative approach to optimise social and physical environments and promote active, healthy ageing and participation in society. More here.