The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) successfully brings an international cooperation project in Croatia in the health area to a close.
For the past 15 months, professionals from the Catalonian Transplant Organization and the Blood and Tissue Bank of Catalonia have been advising Croatian health workers on the most efficient management techniques for blood, tissue and cell donations (collection, storage and distribution).
The ultimate objective was to enable the Croatian people to benefit from a safer, better-quality and more efficient system of blood donations and tissue and cell transplants.
The European Commission financed this international cooperation project with one million euros, and Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Portugal participated as well.
Adapting Croatian legislation to the European framework
Before its entrance to the European Union in 2013, Croatia took on the task adapting its system for managing blood donations to the European legal framework in order to strengthen regulation in this area. The European Union lent its support with this FIIAPP-managed project which is now coming to a close.
The Spanish professionals who worked on the project highlighted the similarities between the Croatian donation system and the Spanish one of 25-30 years ago. Work was done on integrating and centralizing the donation centres and, to address the lack of resources, protocols and equipment were also contributed which have streamlined the health professionals’ working methods. In addition, the experts from the Catalonian Transplant Organization and the Blood and Tissue Bank of Catalonia took responsibility for raising awareness among Croatian health workers on the importance of tissue and cell donations.
The final pillar of this project was strengthening in-vitro fertilization techniques.
The Croatian authorities have worked hard to make their country a member state of the EU, and the twinning projects have represented an extraordinary measure to accompany the accession process, as recalled during the closing event by Deputy Minister of Health Dragan Korolija Marini. Croatia has been a counterparty in 168 twinning projects, 17 of which have included participation by Spanish institutions.