The Macedonian government announced recently that they are in the process of spending 1 million euros to purchase new equipment for neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in their public hospitals. AmCham member LinkAcross was honored to work with national healthcare advisor, Dr. Aleksandar Mitov, to provide expert consulting on this investment, which is a strong step towards lowering the infant mortality rate in Macedonia.
In early 2015, a team of experts led by Dr. Larry Wallin, a neonatologist at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia conducted an on-site needs assessment of neonatal services in Macedonia. The team focused on the primary referral centers in the country: University Children’s Hospital and University Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital in Skopje. Together with Dr. Mitov, they drafted a proposal for the Macedonian government that included measures on how to improve the quality of care, reduce mortality and continually improve clinical processes and staff training.
Infant mortality in Macedonia is 10 per 1,000 births, which is roughly two to three times the European Union average. LinkAcross is committed to the inherent value of every human life and plans to continue to engage in this effort to address infant mortality by serving the most vulnerable members of society.
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