Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia is a nation state in southern Central Europe located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Ljubljana.

Population : 2.062.455 (2014)
Live births per year : 20.641 (2015)
Percentage of population under 15 years old : 14.2% (2011)
Ethnicity : Slovene 83.1%, Serb 2%, Croat 1.8%, Bosniak 1.1%, other or unspecified 12% (2002)
Language : Slovenian
Life expectancy at birth : 78.2 years (2012)

Healthcare system:
Health care is a public service provided through the public health service network. This network also includes, on an equal basis, other institutions, private physicians and other private service providers on the basis of concessions. The compulsory health insurance scheme covers the whole population. Complete coverage of costs is provided for children and schoolchildren. Paediatric ophthalmologists : 7 paediatric ophthalmologists and strabismologists.

Major successes:
• Well developed retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment programme.
• University Eye Clinic in Ljubljana is the tertiary referral center for congenital/paediatric cataract also from other countries of former Yugoslavia.
• Excelent national vision screening programme.

Major challenges:
• More paediatric ophthalmologists needed.
• No trained orthoptists in Slovenia.

World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Temple House, Temple Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Phone:+ 353 1 288 3630
Fax:+353 1 209 1112

World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Stabismus is a registered Charity with the U.K. Charities Commission (Charity Registration Number ;1144806) (Registered November 2011)

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