Patients in countries from Southeast Europe are faced with a dire lack of medication for grave diseases like cancer, hepatitis C or tuberculosis. The main causes are poor management by public authorities and nontransparent negotiations between governments and big pharmaceutical companies.
Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova
Europe needs this idea because Southeast Europe has a development gap that needs to be solved not only top-down, but with grassroots approaches as well. Patient needs, and citizen needs in general, tend to fall on deaf ears with public authorities. Our approach is not only a one-time-deal, but a recipe for harnessing public support behind causes and citizen empowerment that, once established, can lead to profound changes in our respective societies. Furthermore, the current situation in Southeast Europe needs a lot more collaborative efforts in times where geopolitical agendas tend to overshadow everything else.
The aim of our project is to foster this highly efficient collaboration between media and civil society and to identify the most pressing needs of patients in six countries of Southeast Europe: Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. MedAlert’s experience will serve as the inspirational starting point for a network of information sharing and action in Southeast Europe.
National teams of journalists and NGOs will identify specific barriers impeding access to medication in the respective countries, investigate the causes and harness public support for the issue. In parallel, each national team will comprise a policy proposal in order to also raise awareness for possible solutions to those issues.
Our secondary aim is to maintain a durable network of action.
Regional start conference in Bucharest, Romania
National documentation processes and policy brief writings
Publication and advocacy actions for legislative / policy changes
Regional policy brief writing and action report
Network building and sustainable regional capacity building
Funding requested from Advocate Europe