Project № B2.9a.09 “Policies For Enhancing Access to Health Services in Deprived Areas” /The Healthy Municipality/ is financed under INTERREG V-A Greece- Bulgaria 2014-2020 Cooperation Programme and contributes to the program priority Axis 4: A socially inclusive cross-border area, Investment priority 9a: Investing in health and social infrastructure which contribute to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, promoting social inclusion through improved access to social, cultural and recreational services and the transition from institutional to community-based services. 

The project objectives are being reached in a cross-border approach, primarily because of the common geographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the remote cross-border areas, secondly, because of the lack of health coverage in those areas, the difficult access of the local people to medical help, meaning that the early diagnosis of the diseases is particularly low whereas prevention is missing.

The overall objective of the project is the designing and introducing of prevention policies at Municipality level to the remote CB areas. It pursues on investigating morbidity causes, development of population morbidity maps and formulation of policies for its reduction, on investigating the access to and the degree of needs’ coverage of health services in partner areas, on locating vulnerable groups and taking measures for enhancing their prevention support. 

Project partners:

  • Regional Development Agency of Rodopi S.A. - ANRO S.A.  /Greece/
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Special Account for Research Funds - Department of Economics /Greece/
  • Municipality of Arriana /Greece/
  • Municipality of Iasmos /Greece/
  • Agency for Transnational Training and Development - Transcoop /Greece/
  • Regional Health Inspectorate /Bulgaria/
  • Association of Rhodope Municipalities /Bulgaria/
  • Municipality of Krumovgrand  /Bulgaria/
  • Municipality of Momchilgrad /Bulgaria/ 

In order to guarantee the achievement of the overall objective, the project is organized in six work packages:

  • Work Package 1:  Project Management & Coordination. The first work package aims to ensure the smooth implementation of the project and achieving its goals and objectives.
  • Work Package 2:  Communication & Dissemination. All project activities and achieved results will be promoted in order to reach a wider public awareness of the project.
  • Work Package 3:  Stocktaking, includes the implementation of analysis on the socioeconomic characteristics of the population and the operating health infra structure in the cross- border region.
  • Work Package 4: Developing Tools - Early Warning System, including setting up examination protocols upon the most frequent diseases, as well as the design and introduction of a digital data base with patient cards and digital alert system, for the needs of all stakeholders in the health sector.      
  • Work Package 5:  Designing Local Prevention Policy and Pilot Testing, which includes the design of common cross- border prevention plan for pilot testing.
  • Work Package 6:  Evaluation and Mainstreaming is targeted at the elaboration of synthesis report and results on application of pilot application in entire cross border area and Setting up cross border lab on prevention and primary health policies.

Project Budget:  1 135 147 EUR 

Project Duration: 01.11.2017 – 31.10.2019 


For more information: Dr. Sonya Dimitrova- Manager of Regional Health Inspectorate- Haskovo, tel: 038/ 665 489, e-mail: rzi@haskovo.net           


The Digital Platform has been elaborated within project № B2.9a.09 “Policies For Enhancing Access to Health Services in Deprived Areas” /The Healthy Municipality/, financed under INTERREG V-A Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020 Cooperation Programme, with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of the publication are sole responsibility of Regional Health Inspectorate- Haskovo and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the participating countries the Managing Authority and the Joint Secretariat.