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Improvement of cross-border health services in oncological urology in Białystok and Hrodna regions





Project type

Regular project






3.1 Support to the development of health protection and social services




Autonomous Public Health Maintenance Organisation Jędrzej Śniadecki Voivodship Polyclinical Hospital in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)


Hrodna University Hospital (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)

TOTAL BUDGET 1 962 601.81 € ENI CO-FUNDING 1 766 341.63 €
DURATION 30 months 01.11.2019 - 30.04.2022

Project description

The number of patients hospitalized from onco-urological diseases in Białystok and Hrodna regions is constantly growing within last years. This situation causes higher demand of surgical interventions and remedial hospitalization. According to hospitals’ future prognosis, the quantity of new cancer cases will increase even more (prostate cancer by 29%, bladder cancer by 22% till 2029 in Podlaskie). Poor access to the diagnostics and treatment as well as insufficient prophylaxis knowledge result in much higher than in the European Union mortality rate and lower quality of life in Polish-Belarusian border area.

The OncoUrology project responds to the needs of inhabitants of these regions. By introducing new methods of treatment and diagnostics in onco-urological diseases the partners will improve the quality of medical services for them. Specialized equipment will be purchased for hospitals in Białystok and Hrodna – devices for operation unit and urology department: endourologic, laparoscopic, endoscopic (e.g. surgical instruments, USG, defibrillators, cystoscopy and urodynamic apparatuses, video systems including X-ray and much more). The hospital in Białystok additionally will buy the biopsy and lymph node resection apparatuses. To exchange the knowledge and share experiences the study meetings will be organized for staff of both entities. Furthermore, preventive “open door” actions will be held for local residents, where meetings with doctors, PSA, USG and other tests will be provided. Newspaper and TV advertisements will strengthen the cancer prophylaxis message.

New skills gained by medical staff through OncoUrology project implementation combined with high-tech medical equipment will translate into enhanced access to healthcare in Białystok and Hrodna regions. Onco-urological examinations and technologically advanced operations supported by prophylaxis will bring new standards of quality and safety for the residents of Polish-Belarusian borderland.


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