Together for saving lives. Integrated Polish-Ukrainian system of first aid in the area of the border

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3.1 Support to the development of health protection and social services

Lead beneficiary

Bieszczady Poviat (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)


Independent Public Healthcare Centre (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Staryi Sambir Regional Council (Lvivska Oblast, Ukraine)
Staryi Sambir Central District Hospital (Lvivska Oblast, Ukraine)

Total budget 2 167 101 €
Duration 24 months
Programme Contribution 1 949 999 €

Project description

Health security in the field of medical services provided by hospitals is a major challenge for border areas of the Bieszczady Poviat and the Staryi Sambir region. This results from the diagnosed common problem which is the poor technical condition of medical equipment, lack of modern medical equipment and ambulances and failure to adapt the types of medical services to the needs of the demographic and legal conditions. The most common cause of death among the inhabitants of the border are cardiovascular disease, cancer and external causes (accidents). In order to eliminate the threats and the barriers in the healthcare access, it is necessary to equip both hospitals with modern diagnostics equipment and to purchase new ambulances. Modernisation of the emergency room and the operating theater in the hospital in Ustrzyki Dolne is aimed at ensuring access to broad diagnostics, provide new quality of the provided services in the so-called one-day mode, and the cost effectiveness of the hospital operation. Equipping the hospital in Staryi Sambir with modern equipment and retrofitting the missing one is a necessary action to ensure the safety of the residents and the tourists coming to Ukraine. Joint conferences, specialized training, working meetings will contribute to raising the quality of medical services, especially in medical first aid, joint programs and diagnostic procedures performed at the surgery ward. Ensuring the sense of health safety for the residents of the borderland is necessary due to the levelling of differences, stereotypes, and improving good neighbourly relations. Increased cross-border traffic and tourist crossing in Krościenko forces taking joint action in order to create a common procedure in the provision of medical assistance to the Ukrainian-Polish borderland. Increasing the sense of security on both sides of the border will also contribute to the development of tourism and socio-economic development of the borderland.

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