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Mediation in progress

The project Mediation in progress aims at increasing social wellbeing in North Karelia and the Republic of Karelia by developing mediation, especially on criminal (and minor dispute) cases concerning young people. The aim is to institutionalize mediation services for youth in the Republic of Karelia, which is supported by establishing new mediation offices in the area. This also increases the accessibility of the service. Mediation is based on the work of volunteer mediators and the development of mediation services will be supported by trainings that will raise the volunteers’ skill-level. An informational campaign will be launched and cooperation between officials and mediators will be strengthened.Main activities include: Educational seminars / workshops for existing volunteer mediators onrestorative justice, multicultural understanding and communication skills; Joint trainings, study trips and practical training periods in Finland and Russia; Recruiting of new mediators in the Republic of Karelia; Development of a volunteer training programme in Russia including one programme for professionals and one for young volunteers.;Increasing of cooperation between mediators and officials locally and across the border; Establishment of mediation centres in Petrozavodsk, Pryazhaand Sortavala; Information campaign. Expected results: New volunteer mediators competent to work in the Republic of Karelia; Increased competence of Finnish and Russian volunteer mediators to lead discussions, also in multicultural mediation situations; Two training programmes for volunteer mediators in Russia: one for professionals and one for youth; Local and cross-border networks between governmental and local authorities and mediation offices established and strengthened; System of organization of mediation services for youth in the Republic of Karelia developed, new mediation centres established in Petrozavodsk, Sortavala and Pryazha; Increased knowledge of the mediation process and its benefits among general public and authorities in both regions.

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Development of modern breast cancer awareness, prevention, early detection and management measures in border regions of Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus

The border regions of Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus share the same problem regarding breast-cancer. The rate of women having the disease is similar to the average of the EU, but the mortality rate is much higher. The medical equipment and methodology of fighting the disease are very expensive. Therefore, the partners have decided to look for synergies in sharing their experience and developing a common methodology for early-detection. The partners develop new customer-friendly methods of talking to the women of their region on breast-cancer. 14 000 women are examined by the medical staff in Daugavpils region, Grodno and Lazdijai in the newly established breast-cancer units in local hospitals by employing the newly-purchased and equipped “mamobus” – a minivan, fully equipped to give the diagnosis on breast-cancer anywhere it goes. The medical staff will thoroughly examine 2 200 women, who have a higher risk of catching the disease. Also, a number of mass-events are held to consult women and promote a healthy lifestyle. Booklets on the disease and the procedures of self-testing are issued and a special website operates in Russian (prepared by the Belarusian partner). The project aims at reaching women who have the lowest income and who are living in the most remote areas and decrease the mortality rate of women caused by breast-cancer, from the current 30% to 17% in just 5 years. The partners are trying to achieve this by educating their medical staff and literally taking to the streets with the purpose of detecting breast-cancer cases as early as possible and teaching women about a healthier life-style.

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Safe European Union-strenghthening of cross-border cooperation of Polish and Lithuanian Customs

The Project is a response to the constantly increasing cross-border crimes related to the circulation of prohibited and strictly limited goods, such as products subject to excise duty, weapons, illegal drugs, waste products, as well as crimes associated with illegal immigration. The priority of this project is to improve the efficiency of Polish and Lithuanian Customs Services. The direct objective of this project is to provide additional equipment for mobile units on both sides of the border. Training sessions and information, experience, as well as good practice exchange between partnership organisations, substantially influenced effective tasks’ fulfilment by Polish and Lithuanian Customs. The cross-border cooperation of all the Project Partners resulted in obvious benefits, not only for individual partners, but also for the entire region.

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Emergency Management without Borders

The project is intended to develop citizen involvement with emergency management in case of fires, accidents and disasters in the region close to the border. Various measures will be launched: Overviews of resources and equipment of the participating parties will be mapped; legal aspects regarding insurance in case of cross-border initiatives will be examined; a training programme will be launched for all participating firemen regarding procedures and technical terminology north and south of the border; the division of responsibilities between authorities on both sides of the border in case of major accidents will be mapped; and joint exercises and recruitment activities will be held.

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Development of Co-operation in Order to Improve Histopathological Diagnostics of Breast Cancer and Colorectal Cancer in the Polish-Belarusian Borderland

The problem that is facing the Polish-Belarusian borderland is linked to the lack of specialised medical equipment for breast cancer and colorectal cancer treatment. The overall objective of the project to establish a lasting form of co-operation between health maintenance organisationsin order to increase the detection rate of breast cancer and colorectal cancer and also to enhance quality of treatment for these diseases. The project will thus concentrate on the real needs of the target groups and final beneficiaries of the borderland through the purchase and installation of modern energy-saving medical equipment, creation of a patient database, biobank and telepathology and the implementation of two research programmes on breast and colorectal cancer.

Common activities of Water Rescue Service of Czech Red Cross and Upper Austria

The region of Lipno and the “Šumavasea” has been a popular tourist destination for a long time. However, the development of tourism on both sides of the border is accompanied by a wide range of dangerous activities. Therefore, the safety for tourists and inhabitants of the region should be ensured. The aim of the project is to create suitable conditions for permanent supervising in the district as well as for future training and education of experts and the public. The establishment of a Czech-Austrian training centre and of the base for Water rescue services in DolníVltavice was the premise for a successful implementation of the project. A special focus is given to young rescue guards from both countries including the traditional, international, intense summer training camp in Czech Republic and in Austria. Water rescue services perceive the education of the wide public as an integral part of their activities.

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Improving the system of volunteer care for vulnerable in Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus in the framework of Cross Border Cooperation Programme

Need for social care services in all three countries has significantly grown due to accelerating ageing of the population (especially in rural areas) and an increase in morbidity. The system of social care at home in cross-border region is not sufficiently developed and lacks social workers. The Red Cross Societies in the region have generated certain experience. This experience needs to be shared, consolidated and expanded. Objective: to contribute to territorial cohesion of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Belarus border region with the focus on development of health and social services.Results&outputs: a number of meetings, trainings and an international summer camp will be organised. A public campaign will be carried out, including articles in press, press releases, press conferences, and dissemination of gadgets. A handbook for volunteer engagement and best practice examples will be issued in 500 Latvian, 500 Lithuanian and 500 Russian copies. The Manual for voluntary service, first aid and social care will be issued, too. An information share and experience exchange network and consultation platform will be developed. Over 5000 home visits will be paid and 12 Day Care Centres will open.

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The Development and Improvement of Healthcare Services for People with Mental Disorders in Cross Border Regions

On the cross border of Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus there are one of the biggest and the oldest hospitals for patients with mental illnesses, where forensic patients with mental diseases are also treated. Three similar institutions from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarushave joined their forces in order to make treatment of their patients more efficient. Objective: to contribute to reducing the number of mental disorders, ensuring successful rehabilitation of patients and their return to the society, thus contributing to public safety.Results&outputs: the three hospitals taking part in the project will rennovate their premises and will establish health promotion centres. They will organise a number of experience exchange and training events. Also, the health promotion strategy for patients with mental disorders will be elaborated.

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Effective Governance for people

The overall objective of the project is to secure promotion of social interaction between public bodies from border areas through effective management of human and information resources. The main objective is planned to be achieved through upgrading of the electronic document management systems in the civil registry offices (Agency) in the Kaliningrad region (Russia) and Klaipeda region (Lithuania). The project was designed to achieve a number of results: 1. Unify information system in civil registry offices of the Kaliningrad region (Russia). While achieving this result civil registry offices of the Kaliningrad region will be equipped with computer hardware and the premises of the offices will be renovated. 2. Staff of civil registry offices of the Kaliningrad region (Russia) will be prepared to work with the information system. 3. Working conditions of the employees in the civil registry office in Klaipeda region (Lithuania) will be improved.