The course set for the elderly was organized by the Together toward Health initiative of the BELMED project well before the coronavirus infection outbreak. Now, self-isolated elderly people are able to monitor their health without a need for doctor’s home visit or visiting a polyclinic.
Two aspects matter here. While the healthcare system has been struggling with a colossal workload caused by the inflow of people with diagnosed COVID-19, elderly patients find getting regular medical assistance and home care all the more difficult. On the other hand, in view of the elderly persons’ vulnerability to the new virus, health workers are striving to minimize their physical contacts with patients.
The local partners of the initiative are Smarhoń District Organisation of the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans in partnership with the Warm Home Territorial Social Services Centre and Smarhoń Central District Hospital.
The BELMED project is co-implemented by UN agencies and the Ministry of Health with financial support from the European Union.