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Fighting infant mortality in Poland

  • At the Provincial Specialist Hospital, a project is underway to reduce the number of stillbirths in the Biala Podlaska region of Poland.

    Women from across the region are set to benefit from the hospital`s efforts to improve its quality of services and accessibility of care for mothers and infants.

    "In our region, there is about nine newborn deaths per 1000 births, which is a higher number than the national average," said project manager Marcin Kochnio. "Embryonic malformations are also more prevalent in our region than in the rest of the country, and as the only specialist hospital in the region, this project gives us the opportunity to work towards changing this situation."

    With support from the EEA Grants, the hospital`s gynecological and maternal ward will now be renovated and equipped with modern diagnostic equipment in order to ensure early detection of embryotic malformation and diseases in pregnant women. The hospital will also establish a special screening programme for women in the region. Some 2000 women will be offered hospital examinations in order to identify and treat those in danger of high-risk pregnancies. The hospital hopes to detect defects in the reproductive organs, diabetes, sugar intolerance, infectious diseases and other conditions that might harm a future pregnancy. An information campaign will also provide leaflets, brochures, lectures in order to encourage regular check-ups and healthy living for pregnant women.

    The Provincial Specialist Hospital in Biala Podlaska is the largest hospital in the Northern part of the Lublin province, with some 650 beds spread across 16 different departments. The hospital dates back to the 16th century, and is today renowned for its efforts within the field of maternal health.

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    Project title:

    Healthy mother and child – improvement of the perinatal care – education, prophylaxis, diagnostics and treatment at modern neonatology and obstetrics wards in Leborski Poviat'

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare


    € 498,528



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny w Bialej Podlaskiej (Provincial Specialist Hospital in Biala Podlaska)

    Type of institution:


    Project website:

    Project duration:

    30 months

    Project cost:

    € 628,815

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    10 March 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to offer better services for prenatal testing and early detection of congenital anomalies and genetic diseases of fetuses, with the overall objective of reducing mortality of fetuses and protecting the health of pregnant women and newborns in the Leborski Poviat. Reference is made to the application dated 15 April 2007, and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    1) Implementation of a prevention programme consisting of two parts:

    a. prenatal tests of pregnant women (PAPP-A tests and ultrasound of nucal translucency) to detect congenital defects such as Downs syndrome,

    b. screen tests of neonates to detect congenital defects to the central nervous system or anomalies of internal organs;

    2) Reconstruction of the Obstetrics, pregnant pathology and gynaecology ward;

    3) Purchase and installation of equipment of the Obstetrics, pregnant pathology and gynaecology ward and the Neonatology ward;

    4) Training of hospital staff;

    5) Project management, audit and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the Samodzielny publiczny Specjalistyczny Zaklad Opieki Zdrowotnej (Independent Public Specialist Healthcare Centre).

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Leborski Poviat local government provides at least 15 percent of the total eligible Project costs.