3.1 Support to the development of health protection and social services
Regional Specialist Hospital in Biała Podlaska (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Brest Regional Hospital (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
The border between Poland and Belarus is crossed by about 10 million people each year. In a consequence, large streams of travellers can cause incidence of infectious diseases. To meet unforeseen epidemiological challenges along the cross-border transport corridor, the hospitals must play a role of “epidemiological filters”.
The idea behind the Epidsafe project is to reduce the risk of mass outbreaks of infectious diseases such as HCV or HIV/AIDS on the Polish-Belarusian cross-border area. For the Regional Specialist Hospital in Biała Podlaska (Poland), it is planned to purchase medical and laboratory equipment in the range of prevention, diagnosis and diseases treatment. Moreover, the development of the automatically controlled pneumatic transport system for sending biological material, medicines, and documentation with compressed air will be provided there. Purchase of specialised equipment will be arranged as well for the newly-opened laboratory and Infectious Diseases Unit of Brest Regional Hospital (Belarus), the only one of its kind in the region. In addition, joint trainings for hospitals’ staff on particularly dangerous infectious diseases and regional trainings for primary care, polyclinic doctors and nurses on HCV and AIDS diseases will be conducted in both countries for mixed, international groups. As a result, 240 people will be trained, 6000 persons will benefit from screening tests for HCV and 200 from elastography tests. The informational campaigns in the field of health promotion will reach about 200 000 inhabitants.
Cooperation and experience exchange between the partners will guarantee strengthening the grounds not only in the range of epidemiological safety but also
in the broad-comprehended health care. Two powerful medical centres, with capacities required to operate effectively in a crisis health situation, will be set up
on both sides of the border. The project implementation should lead to higher safety of residents and travellers in the whole Polish and Belarussian border area.
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