The federal government supports civil society project cooperations with East European countries, using the instruments of cultural relations and educational policy. Based on partnership, with a flat organisational structure, a cooperation can become effective “outside the realm of politics“ and beyond national borders through dialogue, development, and society and social commitment. Against the background of history with its traumas and dreams, the “peaceful co-existence of the peoples in Europe“ is strengthened.
Within the programme “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia“, measures are eligible for funding which “develop permanent structures of civic society cooperation“, reach a large number of participants and pursue higher goals.
These goals are: “strengthening pluralism“, “encouraging discussion of values“, “opening up prospects for the future“, and “encouraging dialogue and understanding“ (Information on the Federal Foreign Office Programme)
Project title: „Capacity building in hospice work”
The proposal submitted by the Johannes Hospice has been accepted by the Federal Foreign Office for 2020 as well. The two main aims of the project are:
The Regional Clinical Palliative Care Center (Hospice) in Ivano-Frankivsk was founded in 1997 and has the status of a regional medical institution. Its task is to offer comprehensive care for the dying and their families. At the same time, students of the Medical College and the Medical University can learn there under realistic conditions. For further information: see palliacentre.com.ua (only in the Ukrainian language).
Project implementation period:
March 2020 to December 2020
The project aims to use appropriate measures to promote important aspects of hospice activities in Ivano-Frankivsk by promoting the voluntary work as well as the fundraising and public relations work of the hospice, for example. This will ensure that the hospice becomes more of a firm fixture in the culture of the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. At the same time, the project will advance areas of the hospice’s mission, namely to break the taboo surrounding death, dying and mourning.
Furthermore, the group of care givers will also receive a boost. Interdisciplinary work, an essential element in palliative care, can only be successful if each profession is able to contribute its specific skills in an equal way. The planned textbook will close this gap. It can be used as a reference throughout the country while at the same time revealing what a palliative care specialist needs to know. The textbook will also contribute to the necessary changes for a better qualification.
The project is further evidence of the close collaboration between the two hospices. In addition to hospice care, the project will also help shape the partnership-based collaboration in other key areas.
Project name: „Capacity building in palliative nursing”
The application submitted by the Johannes hospice for the year 2019 has been given a positive assessment by the Foreign Office. The two main goals were formulated as follows:
Project administration period
April 2019 to December 2019.
Activities carried out:
The project described the progress of increasing cooperation between the two hospices. Both are in a city with a similar population, both in a city with good standards of educational culture. Within the project, the cooperation formed a structure on the level of professional qualification. It is an excellent basis for future developments in 2020. Caring for the patient is central to hospice care and carers need professional support – for the people they look after and for themselves and their professional prospects.
Dr. Iryna Slugotska, director of the Regional Clinical Palliative Care Center in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine