Around 6.5 million Romanians are living in poverty, with the biggest poverty risk existing in rural areas. In terms of economic development, level of occupation and living standards, the highest risk of poverty is present in the North-East region. Amongst some of the deficiencies found in these areas are: poor economic activity; inefficient medical system due to limited access to health services and medicines; and inadequate level of education.
The project, localised in the poorest area of Bacau County (‘The Vale of Tears’), aims to provide a complex, integrated approach in order to respond to the social, medical and educational needs in the most disadvantaged rural areas of Bacau County. This is achieved by networking several relevant actors from local authorities, medical, educational and other sectors, mayors, local councillors, doctors, nurses, school teachers, local community workers and citizens in the targeted communities. Other partners involved in the project are the City Halls of Podu Turcului, Vultureni, Stanisesti, the National Agency Against Human Trafficking and the Bacau Regional Centre.
Among others, the main objectives of the project are to promote community development in rural areas, to create a ‘pro-community’ attitude - an attitude of involving the community, and to build a communication bridge between high school pupils in town and the children in rural areas, in order to increase their access to education. Thus, in 2001, the Community Support Foundation (CSF), with the support of Bacau County Council and with external financing, laid the foundation of mobile medical assistance and developed activities in the field of family planning in rural areas in almost all the communes in the ‘Vale of Tears’ by identifying and assessing the needs of population. In 2004, with financing from the EU, the first mobile pharmacy in the country was established in order to solve the problem of limited access to medication. Furthermore, the following main activities were developed in order to reach the objectives: family planning, social services for disadvantaged categories, educational centres, summer schools, publishing and free distribution of the rural community journal ‘Valea Zeletinului - rural realities’, publishing and free distribution of the volunteers’ bulletin ‘Among Youth’, and an anti-human trafficking campaign.
The active partnership created between public administration and civil society (NGO) in order to diminish or stop the deficiencies in these areas, have succeeded in applying a coherent pattern of sociomedical and educational intervention in a poor area of the country (seven communes where economic under-development, isolation and ‘community pessimism’ are present), by providing alternatives such as mobile medical assistance and social assistance, as well as by involving this partnership in the educational process, in parallel with exploring the local needs and resources.
|Award category:||partnership working|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
|Type of activity:||public-private partnerships|
|Keywords:||Involvement, communication, information, needs, education, change, awareness, alternatives, quality, creative, cost-efficiency|
|Short English description:||The project, localised in the poorest area of Bacau County (‘The Vale of Tears’), aims to provide a complex, integrated approach in order to respond to the social, medical and educational needs in the most disadvantaged rural areas of Bacau County.|
|Organisation:||Bacau County Council|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|