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University of Fribourg awarded Healthgrouper with research grant in amount of 114 000 CHF

- Healthgrouper will analyze causes, consequences and policies behind the migration of the health personnel from Western Balkan countries;

- The research project will be conducted in duration of 12 months, and 10 researcher will work in four countries

- Final results will be published in June 2015;

- The fourth Healthgrouper Summit on the subject of migration will take place in December 2015;


(24 jули 2014) - International research project Healthgrouper with its headquarters offices based in Skopje, Macedonia is winner of a research grant from University of Fribourg over the Regional Research Promotional Programe. Over the next 12 months Healthgrouper international research team will analyse the causes, consequences, and policies that are undertaken by the countries in relation to the increasing trend of health workforce migration from the countries of Western Balkans. The awarded grant is in amount of 114 330 CHF funds that are allocated for realization of the research in four participating countries (Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania).

- "The coordinator of the project and executive director of Healthgrouper Dr Vladimir Lazarevik after signing of the contract with University of Fribourg said: “Winning of this regional research project is a valorization of the hard work the whole Healthgrouper team put into our project since its foundation in 2011. So far we have realized over 10 research projects, where three projects are with regional participation. All of our past research projects were financed with our funds, and with great contribution and commitment from our researchers and supporters. This research grant is of great importance for our team since it will enable smooth realization of our project related activities, and it will lead towards the realization of our goal to grow as leading non for profit research organization in the Balkans on public health and health related polices.“ ”

For the realization of this project Healthgrouper has assembled team of 10 researchers divided in country teams responsible for realization of the research in their countries. The whole project will be coordinated by the Healthgrouper headquarters offices in Skopje in close collaboration with professional medical and nursing associations.

Minister of health of Republic of Macedonia Mr Nikola Todorov on the start of new research project of Healthgrouper stated: “Migration of doctors is a global phenomenon that is present even in much wealthier countries and to me as a minister of health, and former minister of education is of essence to understand the exact causes that motivate health care personnel from Macedonia, as well as from the other countries in the region to look for jobs abroad. Although, some of the reasons seems obvious, careful research approach would yield new answers. Over the past few years we have undertaken series of reforms in the health system to return some of our medical experts from abroad, as well as from the private hospitals. We as Ministry of health support Healthgrouper’s project and will contribute towards its successful realization”.

For the realization of this project Healthgrouper has assembled team of 10 researchers divided in country teams responsible for realization of the research in their countries. The whole project will be coordinated by the Healthgrouper headquarters offices in Skopje in close collaboration with professional medical and nursing associations..”

In support of realization of this project the President of the Macedonian Medical Association (MMA) prof. d-r Jovan Tofoski stated “MMA supports the research work of Healthgrouper as of its foundations. Our expectations are that this research would offer answers to many questions that are of interest for the health authorities in the region, but also for the medical community. The brain drain of highly educated workforce whose schooling is with high costs is a burning problem for our region. Investigating the causes behind this trend over direct talks with the doctors is expected to contribute towards developing appropriate policies and stimuluses’ that would provide countries with directions who to deal with these challenges”.

Migration of the health personnel is one of the burning questions for all countries in the region. The trend of migration of doctors and nurses is increasing. In 2012 Healthgrouper conducted research among doctors in Bulgaria, according to which results between 4-5000 doctors are considering to migrate from Bulgaria to western countries. First results of this project are expected to be released in early 2015, while the final in June 2015. Healthgrouper has already scheduled big regional Summit for December 2015 on the subject of Migration of health workforce from Western Balkans.

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