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From awareness to care: women protagonists of the right to health in Bosnia and Herzegovina




Aid type

Project-type interventions



Zenica e FBiH

€ 630,650
€ 629,767


The aim of the initiative is to allow the treatment of female cancer diseases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the incidence and mortality rates of these tumors are up to three times higher than those of European countries, although there are on-site treatment capacities. In fact, the pathologies are often found at an advanced stage, so that their treatment cannot be resolutive and non-invasive.As shown by many good practices in Europe and in Italy, the ability to care must be combined with a culture of health and prevention that leads the population towards the awareness of the need to carry out routine checks before the diseases occur, as part of health, well-being and life care. The spread of this culture allows to save many lives and treat diseases diagnosed in non-advanced phases better and in a less invasive way. This is why this initiative crosses female empowerment with health. There can be no effective treatment without a stronger women awareness about the acts necessary to preserve their own health and, with it, all their rights. This proposal come from the effective and historic collaboration between the Piedmont Region and the Canton of Zenica/Doboj in Bosnia which, in collaboration with RE.TE, have allowed to develop on site the ability to treat cancer diseases, bringing not only the resources for the preparation and allocation of the departments, but also to conduct a personnel training in Italy and on site. After years of fruitful collaboration in terms of results and relationships, the meaning of this proposal lies in the implementation of an intervention that allows to enhance what has been achieved so far, working to locally grow the culture of prevention (sensitization, dissemination, information to the population) and that the care chain of Bosnian women by the local health institutions reflects European quality standards. To do this, it is necessary to work with local associations centered in women's rights so that they become, as in our country, vehicles and sentinels of the right to health and prevention. Together with them, an information campaign will be prepared and implemented according to the standards of Italian and European organizations, that have been involved for years in the involvement of women for the right to treatment, well-being and prevention of specifically female diseases. The action plans to involve the Federal level of Bosnia and Herzegovina, because all the cancer treatment centers of the Federation can share and standardize their level of prevention and care in their territories of reference. The prevention campaign will be made available to all these centers, as well as training in breast cancer screening programs. The Federal Ministry of Health has already expressed its intention and willingness to participate in work and to spread uniform standards in this field throughout the territory. A pilot breast cancer screening project will be conducted in the canton of Zenica/Doboj to serve as a case study to all centers, for the adaptation of their current procedures towards a common standard. The action will be conducted among the subjects of a partnership that has already guaranteed the achievement of important results and is recognized in Bosnia as a reference for the treatment and treatment of cancer diseases, to which will be added entities and specific realities that in Europe and Bosnia deal with women's rights. Thanks to this action, we will bring the Bosnian female population to the possibility of curing and surviving widespread diseases. read more close
Year Committed Used
2023 € 0 € 146,814
2021 € 0 € 202,078
2019 € 630,650 € 280,875


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code
National NGO RE.TE. - Associazione di tecnici per la solidarieta e cooperazione internazionale 22000

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-011861-01-0
  • CRS Activity identifier2019000242
  • Expected start date 2019/09/01
  • Completion date -
  • Finance type Standard grant
  • Flow type ODA
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Untied


  • 12181 - Medical education/training 27%
  • 12191 - Medical services 35%
  • 15170 - Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions 38%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality principal objective
  • Disability not targeted
  • Aid to Environment not targeted
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) principal objective


  • 3.4 - By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

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Language Italian
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