The Mission 1000 Project focuses on a critical phase, the first 1,000 days from the moment a child is conceived. In this project, we are building community centres for providing care for pregnant women during their stay in the maternity hospital and after discharge, and we are also strengthening mutual relations among communities.
Interventions are carried out at home or in a hospital by midwives called “babice” – healthcare assistants. The “babice” themselves come from the community they work in, spread awareness among pregnant women and mothers, provide support, mediate women and health care providers, and help with prenatal care and care for newborn infants and toddlers.
Thanks to the Norway Grants’ support and co-financing from the state budget, ten professional midwives will work in the vicinity of Spišská Nová Ves. They will carry out activities for girls, pregnant women, and mothers with children in the field, close to the clients’ home. A significant part of the activities is related to hospital activities. The “babice” will cooperate with hospital staff in the paediatric and OBGYN wards. They will mediate between health professionals and clients from the MRC and will primarily focus on educational activities for newly admitted women and activities for children.
The project, implemented by the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), is based on the implementation of health mediation in socially disadvantaged communities. The project partners are the Hospital with Polyclinic Spišská Nová Ves, a.s., Femina Spiš o.z. and the Norsensus Mediaforum, non-profit organization located in Norway.
The video about the work of midwives HERE.