The Swedish Medical Programme (SMP) is an ongoing collaboration between the Swedish Government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and it has been implemented since 2000. The project facilitates local capacity building to diagnose, treat, and care for medical and surgical patients, for whom such services are not available or adequate in Kosovo. Through the years of implementation, the aim of the SMP has changed, evolving from medical referrals and evacuation of patients from Kosovo to Sweden and Kosovo to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to capacity building, training, and enabling the local professionals to realize greater achievements, with the assistance of the Swedish Medical Team (SMT) and ultimately improve their independent performance.
From 1995 to 2003, SMP was implemented through the successful cooperation between the Swedish Migration Board, the Medical Centre for Refugees and IOM. In 2004, the Swedish Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocated part of its budget for global development to the Medical Centre for Refugees within the County Council of Östergötland to continue the SMP. Strengthening paediatric cardio surgery in Bosnia and Herzegovina and enhancing regional cooperation through medical evacuation of children with cardiac diseases from Kosovo to Bosnia and Herzegovina was financially supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) One of the main activities in 2012-2013 was support to the Ministry of Health of Kosovo in the reform of the Public Health Services in Kosovo. IOM in coordination with the County Council of Ostergotland organized the study visit of the delegation from the Ministry of Health of Kosovo and Management of University Clinical Centre of Prishtina to Sweden. The aim of the study visit was introduction with the public health system in County Council of Ostergotland and share of experiences from the reform process. Several meetings and round tables were organized to present challenges and achievements of the reform in County Council of Ostergotland. Minister of Health Kosovo during the visit in Sweden had meetings with the Minister of Health of Sweden and Minister of Foreign Aid.