Improving Labour Conditions of Health Care Visitor Nurses Working in Roma Communities

Project title: Improving Labour Conditions of Health Care Visitor Nurses Working in Roma Communities

Project owner: Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO)

Implementation site: Budapest

Total subsidy: 794.648.900 HUF

Grant rate: 100 %

Date of the launch: 22th April 2016

Background and justification

Health care visitor nurses are professionals working in primary care, performing public health and education related tasks. They are present from the post-natal period till school leaving age in children’s lives. As the name stipulates, they visit family homes, schools and communal places.  They not only monitor the biological development of children, but advise parents how to keep on the right track. Currently, there are 5300 health care visitor nurses working in Hungary, out of whom 4005 allocated to respective service districts and 1007 to schools.

In most disadvantageous areas they work alone without guidance, support or technical supervision. In extreme cases, they even undertake confrontation in conflicts without any help. The latter particularly stands for visitor nurses working in extremely depressed areas. In addition, they also have to carry the burden of administrating their own work, causing further difficulties. The equipment they can use, are predominantly outdated, and they are short of efficient IT tools.

Objectives and activities of the project

  • Providing up-to-date IT equipment to visitor nurses, who work with inadequate ones.
  • Setting up a Contact Centre, which will keep operating on the long run even after the closure of project, to provide continual  - methodological, IT and knowledge-based - support to their work.
  • Production of illustrated education materials for the illiterate of functionally illiterate to assist the visitor nurses in preforming their tasks more efficiently.
  • Production of audiovisual education materials.
  • Regional „Good practices” competition in three counties of north-eastern Hungary involving local authorities and civil society organisations to facilitate cooperation and partnership. Winners will be assisted to disseminate their own good practices nation-wide, and asked to be key-note speakers at the closing conference event of the project.
  • Pilot health club in a pre-selected village, Farkaslyuk, in norther Hungary to host educational interactive programmes on health conscience way of life with the local Roma population being the target beneficiary group. The club builds on the active involvement and participation of the local community, and ideally will serve as a model for other settlements.
  • Survey on health conscienceness of Roma women in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County (northern Hungary) with special focus on the barriers of their participation in public health screenings.
  • Organising complementary supervision, individual coaching, group training and discussion in the three aforementioned counties, primarily to prevent burnout and help reducing work-related stress, to strengthen and develop personal competences.

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