The Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut”, project beneficiary institution, hosted the project final conference at its headquarters in Belgrade on 15 December 2015.
The project stakeholders, including the representatives of the Batut Institute, of the Red Cross of Serbia and of the Know-how providing institution, the Italian Superior Health Institute (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ISS), attended the event witnessing the presentation of and discussions on project results and activities. The Italian Ambassador in Serbia, H.E. Giuseppe Manzo also participated in the meeting stressing the fact that the project represented an important step towards a broader cooperation between Italy and Serbia in the field of disaster prevention.
The overall objective of the project - based on the existing collaboration between the two institutions confirmed by the Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2014 - is capacity strengthening of the beneficiaries in the field of disaster risk reduction, preparedness and prevention. In particular, it aims at establishing a research and training laboratory in the field of disaster prevention and mitigation with the final goal of reducing mortality, enhancing response capacity and improving local communities’ management to avoid health-related risks.

The 12-month project is co-financed through a grant within the CEI Know How Exchange Programme (KEP ITALY) in the framework of the CEI Fund at the EBRD, fully contributed by Italy. The CEI grant amounts to 25,000 EUR out of a total project cost of around 60,000 EUR. 
  • Article released by Embassy of Italy in Belgrade available here