01.12.2016

The event “Caring for carers: Policy analysis of informal care provision in Bosnia and Herzegovina” held in Sarajevo


Center for Social Research Analitika organised a working meeting Caring for carers: policy analysis of informal care in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which took place on 18 November in Sarajevo. The event gathered representatives of relevant institutions and organisations dealing with issues of social protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The goal of the meeting was to look at the current situation in the field of long-term care policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the perspective of different actors, to encourage the exchange of experiences and to identify measures that would take into account the needs and experiences of informal carers and improve their position.

Aida Malkić presented the preliminary results of the RRPP-funded research Caring for the carers: policy analysis of informal care in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which Analitika conducted in cooperation with the European Policy Institute from Skopje. In her presentation, Ms Malkić explained the extent of the discrepancies between the actual needs of people in need of long-term and informal care, and the system’s response.
Žaklina Ninković, from the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina, talked about the current regulations pertaining to the long-term care system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a focus on the shortcomings of the legislative framework which the Red Cross has identified. She concluded that the solution of the problems identified required an interdisciplinary approach.

Tanja Manojlović, from the Social Work Centre Trebinje, spoke about the position of informal caregivers in the long-term care system, about the (non-)existing measures to regulate their status, and the possibility of their integration into the system. She emphasised that the role of informal caregivers was not clearly recognised, and that more effort needed to be invested in order for their needs to be recognised and adequately addressed.

Caritas Banja Luka representative, Josipa Basta, talked about her organisation’s activities in the field of long-term/informal care, the position of informal carers, and their neglected needs. She stressed the necessity of recognising the importance of the role of informal carers, and the need for all stakeholders to make a joint effort to improve their position.

After the introductory presentations, recommendations based on interviews with service providers from different parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina were presented and discussed with the participants. The participants agreed that the authorities in BiH should focus more on the development of measures to improve the situation of persons who provide informal care.

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