3.1 Support to the development of health protection and social services
Health Department of the Regional State Administartion of Transcarpathian Region (Zakarpattya Oblast, Ukraine)
Frederic Chopin Regional Clinical Hospital No. 1 in Rzeszów Regional Clinical Territorial Medical Association “Phthisiatry” (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Communal nonprofit enterprise “Regional clinical phthisiopulmonology treatment and diagnostic -p center” of the Transcarpathian regional council (Zakarpattya Oblast, Ukraine)
The main challenge of the RRTB project is the situation of a complicated epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) in the Transcarpathian Region. The occurrence
of the disease is much higher than in the neighbouring countries. Several features are affecting the epidemiology: location (borders with 4 countries of EU), strong migration, a large number of people from risk groups, hard-to-reach villages. Moreover, deficiencies in the health care system in Ukraine and lack
of modern medical equipment leads to insufficient access to modern TB diagnosis and finally to low detection of TB patients. At the same time, hospitals
do not meet appropriate standards which cause development and spread of chemo-resistant TB and TB among medical staff. Taking into account strong migration processes, such situation is a threat to the national security of Ukraine but also to neighbouring Poland.
The overall objective of RRTB is to reduce the number of TB incidences in the Programme area which will be achieved primarily by building the TB hospital
in Nyzhnya Apsha village (Zakarpattya, UA) equipped with modern medical equipment and innovative approaches to TB detection, prevention and treatment. Improvement of medical equipment in the Frederic Chopin Regional Clinical Hospital No.1 in Rzeszów is also foreseen in the project. As a result
of the implementation of the cost-effective treatment and raising the quality of medical services in the field of TB the project will increase the effectiveness
of TB detection up to 5%, reduce the long-term incidence by 1.5 times and improve the epidemic situation of tuberculosis in the border areas. These actions
will affect the final beneficiaries of the project – 75 000 citizens covered by improved health services. Closer cross-border cooperation and exchanging experience between medical institutions of Ukraine and Poland shall lead to the achievement of the project’s goals.
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