The South-Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) Secretariat, a beneficiary of the CEI COVID-19 Extraordinary Call for Proposals, has unrolled the project “Strong nurses for strong health systems and a healthier world”, a Know-how Exchange Programme activity funded under the CEI Fund at the EBRD. Its first regional webinar “Primary Healthcare as main gatekeeper and crucial systemic element in the COVID-19 containment”, took place on 26 October 2020.

The discussions focused on how to bridge the gap between nurses, patients, GPs and hospitals in order to enhance community containment and improve COVID-19 case-management. One of the highlighted nurses’ roles was how to strengthen their work in prevention, promotion and advocacy.

The webinar gathered participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, CEI representatives and experts from the National Institutes of Public Health from Italy, the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS).

Participants had the chance to express particularities in each country and list feasible solutions; tackle universal health coverage and the health workforce limits in its provision, among others.

As part of the project, SEEHN has also conducted an activity aimed at developing and implementing training modules to strengthen the capacities of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.