The Netherlands

Gelderland Midden

Gelderland-Midden is a region in the east of the Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland.


In total, the region has over 650,000 inhabitants, 280,000 of whom live in rural areas.

The region has 16 municipalities:

Arnhem, Barneveld, Doesburg, Duiven, Ede, Lingewaard, Nijkerk, Overbetuwe, Renkum, Rheden, Rijnwaarden, Rozendaal, Scherpenzeel, Wageningen, Westervoort and Zevenaar

The north of the region is characterised by the Veluwe.

The Veluwe is a predominantly wooded region. The Veluwezoom is a well-known national park and reaches peaks of up to 110 metres.

The south is part of the Betuwe. The region is known for its horticulture and especially its fruit cultivation. In spring, this produces beautiful blossom landscapes. You will also find many greenhouse parks and fields between the village centres and in the outlying areas of the municipality.

The Rhine flows into the region from Lobith and splits into Waal, Rijn and IJssel. Some parts of the region also regularly experience high water and therefore have characteristic Dutch dykes along the rivers.


The Netherlands is known to have one of the best health and social care systems within Europe

  • Due to the ageing population and the increase in people with chronic diseases casts doubts on its sustainability towards the future
  • The demand on health and social care organizations is expected to outgrow its capacity in Gelderland-Midden
  • In addition, there is a change in mindset ongoing in society from ‘illness & care’ to ‘health & behaviour’ and more and more is asked of the self-reliance and cooperative management of the inhabitants in our region. This requires stronger cooperation between care and welfare; a cross-domain approach in which the resident of our region is central.

Voices from dRural

Voices from dRural

Jehannes Gietema, Project Manager at PACT Care, tells about the services provided in the region through the dRural platform.



The platform in Gelderland Midden is improving the collaboration between the different sectors in healthcare. Hospital professionals and municipality professionals can collaborate and connect to improve and give the best possible care to patients and clients.

To ensure that the needs are met, the pilot is using a bottom-up approach, organising periodical focus groups with residents and professionals from different sectors.

dRural Services

Samen Kwiek platform

The dRural project allowed the creation of a digital platform to facilitate the supply of services to local citizens.
With Samen Kwiek’s platform, especially health care providers can easily connect inhabitants to the services they
need, fostering prevention and healthy behaviour.
Click here to discover all local services.