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. Large streams of travellers can cause spread of infectious diseases. To meet unforeseen epidemiological challenges along the international 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 Polish-Belarusian cross-border area. The Regional Specialist Hospital in Biała Podlaska plans 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 specialized equipment will be arranged as well for the newly-opened laboratory and Infectious Diseases Unit of Brest Regional Hospital, 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 international groups. As a result, 240 people will be trained, 6000 persons will benefit from screening tests for HCV and 200 from the elastography tests. The informational campaigns in the field of health promotion shall reach about 200 000 local 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 healthcare. Two powerful medical centers, with capacities required to operate effectively in crisis health situations, will be set up on both sides of the border. The project implementation should lead to higher safety of residents and travellers in the regions of the Polish-Belarusian border area.
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