HEALTH DAYS in Western Balkan
During autumn 2022, Think Pink Europe, with the support of the socially-responsible company Roche and in cooperation with its Think Pink Europe members from the Western Balkans, Organization Think Pink – Zajedno smo jedno from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association Renesansa from Prizren, Kosovo and Association Europa Donna Srbija from Belgrade, Serbia has organized a project called Health Days. The ultimate aim is to close the gap in health services care, providing free mammography and additional health check-ups such as glucose level measurement, blood pressure, and consultations with gynecologists for women living in disregarded communities.
In some locations we have done health check-ups due to different findings in the field, identified needs and possibilities in each of the three countries to provide women with health services, in Bosnia and Herzegovina Health Days were provided in 5 different locations using a mobile mammogram unit, focusing on both, women living in remote and rural areas who don’t have opportunity to undertake mammogram exam in their local health institutions, and urban women in Sarajevo, since the poor level of consciousness for regular mammogram check-ups among women and the lack of screening program for early breast cancer detection. Health Days were organized in: Pale-Prača, Sarajevo, Pazarić, Tarčin, and Stolac-Uzinovići, taking into account services no matter the nationality, place of living, economic situation, or any other affiliation.
In Serbia, free mammogram check-ups were provided to women from the Roma population in the neighborhood of Belgrade – specifically vulnerable groups of society with a lack of opportunity to undertake mammography, and take care of their health in general.
In Kosovo, although a small Western Balkan Country, but with high level of detected breast cancer cases each year in late stage, and the lack of screening program as well, the mammography was provided to women from several cities and places: Prizren, Priština, Vitine, Gnjilane.
Four hundred forty-nine women were examined during these days. The importance of such activities is shown by the fact that 21 women were referred for further diagnostics due to the BI-RADS III mammogram result.
In our mission of closing the gap in health services between European countries, striving toward equal opportunities and rights to health for each woman and man, the organization of Health Days events in Western Balkan Countries was a huge success in making positive changes changing the code of conduct among women and raising awareness about early detection.
ACTIVITY REPORT 2022 | Health Days
Read More about the 2022 Health Days in the Balkan area.
February 2022, the news reached us that Ukraine was under the threat of war from Russia. In a video call with our partnering organization in Ukraine, Inspiration Family, the Ukrainian people didn’t seem to be alarmed. For them, this war was already going on for years, and they didn’t think a lot would change…
Around 5 o'clock on February 24th, Ukrainians woke up from explosions…
Russia brutally dared to launch a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. The threat had become reality. Soon, many Ukrainians began to flee the country, to Poland, Romania, and the rest of Europe.
We immediately checked if everyone from Inspiration Family in Kyiv was safe. They were hiding in their basements, trying to figure out what was happening and worrying about the cancer patients needing their help.
Only a few days later, OmeaLife, our partnering organization in Poland reached out to us. They were getting a lot of questions from cancer patients entering their country and were looking for solutions to help out. Their national health system was not ready for this kind of problem, they had to figure out a way of helping themselves.
Think Pink Europe set up a meeting with Inspiration Family and OmeaLife. One meeting, and one decision was made. Find ways to help cancer patients from Ukraine, and Think Pink Europe will find financial support.
The team of Inspiration Family in Ukraine managed somehow to continue their work by collecting and providing up-to-date information on the work of oncology centers in Ukraine and making a list of services they provide, coordinating medical evacuation, collecting information from foreign clinics and coordinating patients to continue treatment, providing information on the receipt of humanitarian aid to specific oncology centers in Ukraine and communication with the global oncology community about the treatment of cancer patients in Ukraine during the war.
With the help of OmeaLife from Poland and Think Pink Europe they managed to help the ones who were in danger because of their medical condition.
The first stop for many Ukrainian people was Poland. Humanitarian aid was set up at the border and many Poles welcomed Ukrainians into their homes. Polish politicians also made decisions about free healthcare for Ukrainians who crossed the Polish border after 24.02.2022.
By the end of 2022 OmeLife helped around 280 cancer patients in Poland.
They did a significant job in:
· Translating medical documentation and collecting information about the patient.
· Support in communication with medical staff (translation of the doctor-patient conversation by phone or the personal presence of the coordinator during the visit),
· Registration of consultations in cancer centers.
· Providing information about available therapies under the National Health Fund and commercial ones.
· Supporting in finding accommodation and completing the administrative formalities related to the stay in Poland.
Race For The Cure 2022
Inspiration Family and OmeLife were going through difficult times, they both managed to organize a Race For The Cure event to raise funds. The funds of RFTC 2022 Ukraine were completely used to buy medicines for Ukrainian cancer patients.
This project has made a strong connection between several of our partnering organizations and shows some of the true values of why Think Pink Europe exists.
Read our report about great cooperation between our partner organizations in support of cancer patients during the war.
ACTIVITY REPORT 2022 | Help Ukraine
Read More about the 2022 Help Ukraine project.