Check out the next Medical Network international conference, titled
Prevention of Violence in Communities, Schools
and Other Institutions
place in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, 2-6
IRSS founded the Health Bridges for Peace (HBP)
project in 1996 to create sustainable programs for conflict management
and community reconciliation through the integration of health care delivery
with conflict management. The first HBP field program was in the former
Yugoslavia. Through this program, IRSS helped to launch the Medical
Network for Social Reconstruction (the Medical Network) in the former
Yugoslavia. Founded in 1997, the Medical Network is a region-wide peacebuilding
NGO with a diverse, representative governing council.
The Medical Network convenes conferences
and engages in a range of health-care delivery and social reconstruction
activities. Emphasizing inter-ethnic cooperation, we have brought together
more than five hundred health care providers, physicians, government health
officials, health administrators, psychologists and academicians from
all parts of the former Yugoslavia. Through conferences, training workshops,
community meetings and other projects, the Medical Network has promoted
professional exchange, training, and joint humanitarian assistance projects
in a variety of areas, including: war-trauma recovery; special issues
in refugee medicine; social reconstruction in cooperation with other professional
groups (e.g., police, teachers, social workers); health care for the war-injured
physically challenged; and special issues of war-affected children.
2002 Medical Network international conference, titled Community,
Health, and Human Security, took place in Igalo, Montenegro, 14-16
June 2002. Last year's conference, titled Violence,
Mental Health & Society, took place in Crikvenica, Croatia, 26-29
June, 2003. The most recent Medical Network international conference,
titled Prevention of Violence in Communities,
Schools and Other Institutions took place in Kranjska
Gora, Slovenia, 2-6 June 2004.
The Medical Network has also reached out
to physicians from other war-devastated areas. Physicians from the North
Caucasus and from the Middle East have participated in Medical Network
conferences and programs in the former Yugoslavia. IRSS personnel and
Medical Network physicians have traveled to the North Caucasus to promote
the Health Bridge strategy. The North Caucasus has an active humanitarian
assistance organization (ARD/Denal) which utilizes Health Bridge principles.
Dr. Gutlove serves as a founding Board member.
ARD/Denal engages in a variety of cooperative public health projects including:
developing a regional network on tuberculosis control; cooperative centers
for psycho-social rehabilitation; and a cooperative program for prosthetic
assistance to amputees in the North Caucasus.