Moldovan high delegation visits Trimbos Institute

November 27, 2017

On the 20th of November 2017, the Trimbos Institute hosted a particular visit of decision-makers from Moldova to the Netherlands. The purpose of the visit was to provide exposure on how the Dutch mental health care system is governed, as well as the structure and kinds of mental health services provided in the country.

The delegation visited and engaged with the Dutch  Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport), the Mental Health Service Providers Umbrella Organisation of the Netherlands (GGZ Nederland), Enik Recovery College, Samen Sterk zonder Stigma (Strong Together without Stigma), GGZ Altrecht, GGZ Breburg, and GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord. The knowledge and insights obtained aim to catalyse ideas and implementation of good practices for further strengthening the mental health system in Moldova.

The delegation consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Social Protection managers of hospitals and psychiatric hospitals, representatives from the National Health Insurance Company, and coordinators of community mental health centres.

“Good practices from the Netherlands can and should be adjusted to our Eastern European context. I would particularly focus on the creation and development of supporting housing, other kind of day services and occupational programs aimed to help people with mental health issues to develop their skills and abilities, for further employment opportunities and social inclusion.” Delegate representing Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection
“Of course, in Moldova we still have a lot to work before reaching the high quality of the Dutch services. But I think we are on the right path. I returned to Moldova with more determination to work with my team for the recovery and social inclusion of our beneficiaries, over 3000 people with mental health issues from the district of Orhei.” Delegate representing community mental health centres

The visit is an important activity within the “Support for the Reform of Mental Services in Moldova (MENSANA)” project in Moldova which began in August 2014, which is focused on the implementation of a national mental health system reform in Moldova. The Trimbos Institute leads the implementation of the MENSANA project, which is mandated and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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