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Czech Obstetrics on the Edge

Year of granting the aid: 2014
Realisation date: 01.04.2014 – 31.08.2014
Amount: 200 000 CZK
Organization: NESEHNUTÍ Brno

The aim of this project is to effectively take advantage of the anticipated ground-breaking decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the issue of obstetrics in the Czech Republic. The positive court ruling of the ECHR, which is expected in the upcoming weeks, concerns the existing critical situation in Czech obstetrics, where both midwives and women are discriminated against. The anticipated court ruling will enable us to develop pressure on the Ministry of Health and the Czech government, using the following measures:

  1. a proposal of legislative change of Health Services Act and related regulations,
  2. lobbying promoting this proposal of legislative change,
  3. series of lawsuits based on the lawsuit brought before the EHCR, but in addition demanding compensation,
  4. targeted media campaign that would support the above mentioned measures and intensify the pressure on the Ministry of Health.

We would like to take advantage of the strategic period following the ruling by the ECHR and to use the pressure to bring about legislative changes regarding the position midwives, so that they could carry out their duties without restraint, legally and independently and thus enable women to freely choose the preferred type of care during their pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium. This would be the completion of our long-term attempts to ensure equal position of midwives in the Czech Republic.