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March 24, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Romania

Special Olympics Romania and UNICEF cooperate to improve health care for children with disabilities

By Roxana Ossian

Fifteen medical specialists and NGO representatives participated in a roundtable as part of Special Olympics Romania and UNICEF cooperation.

In 2013 Special Romania and UNICEF signed an agreement that included as one of the objectives to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by promoting healthy behaviors. Strategies included setting up of a network of specialists that could offer quality health services for children with disabilities, training for medical specialists and organizing sports events. In November 2013 the two entities discussed cooperation in northeastern Romania, where UNICEF implements a community program. On 17 March 2014 Special Olympics Romania organized a roundtable discussion in one of those communities: Piatra-Neamt. The roundtable was attended by 15 participants including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, NGO representatives and state institutions, and UNICEF. Special Olympics Romania presented a plan to organize Regional Games in April in Piatra-Neamt where 150 children and adults with intellectual disabilities will be provided with health screenings.

About Roxana Ossian: Roxana Ossian is Family Support Network and Young Athletes Program Director for Special Olympics Romania.

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