Preventive screening at Zakopane District Hospital, Poland
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide the inhabitants in the Tatrzański District with access to modern specialist equipment for identifying possible birth defects and early detecting breast and colon cancer.
The Tatrzański District in Poland, home to 65,000 residents, has until recently suffered under the region's lack of capacity and equipment for preventive medical checks and screening detection of disease. The only institution with suitable staff and premises to carry out such tests, the Tytus Chałubiński District Hospital in Zakopane, has not been able to provide the services due to lack of modern equipment and funds to carry out tests free of charge under the public health care system.
The Tytus Chałubiński District Hospital in Zakopane has now been awarded funding from the EEA Grants to purchase the necessary equipment for identifying possible birth defects in foetuses and infants as well as ensuring early detection of neoplastic lesions that may lead to breast or colon cancer. With the new equipment in place, the region hopes to reduce the number of newborn deaths and cases of adults with bowel and breast cancer in the Tatrzański District. Medical tests will be provided free of charge.
In addition to the new medical equipment, an information and educational campaign will be carried out in the area to promote the screening possibilities and raise awareness about the diseases and prevention measures. The project has been developed with the support of the local government.
The prevention and early detection of developmental anomalies in fetuses and children as well as neoplastic lesions in adults as a guarantee of health improvement among people of Tatrzanski Poviat.
Health and childcare
Type & project assistance:
The Tytus Chałubiński District Hospital, Zakopane
Grant agreement date:
27 March 2007
The purpose of the Project is to improve early diagnosis of growth defects of fetuses and newborns, and early diagnosis of bowel and breast cancer, with the overall objective to reduce the number of newborn deaths and cases of adults with bowel and breast cancer in the Tatrzanski Poviat. Reference is made to the application dated 22 May 2006 and to the additional information provided by the Focal Point on 8 August 2006.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
1. purchase of specialist medical equipment
2. programme for early non-invasive diagnosis of developmental anomalies in fetuses;
3. programme for prevention and early detection of heart defects in infants and children;
4. programme for prevention and early detection of hip dysplasia in newborns and children;
5. programme for prevention and early detection of bowel cancer;
6. programme for prevention and early detection of breast cancer; and
7. dissemination of information and promotional and educational campaign registration and financial reports
The Project Promoter is the Tytus Chalubinski District Hospital, Zakopane, an independent public health care institution.
The Tatrzanski Poviat shall provide at least 15 percent of the eligible Project cost.