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Reducing child mortality

  • In the Swiêtokrzyskie Province in Poland, the EEA Grants are financing a programme to reduce mortality of fetuses and newborns and to protect the health of pregnant women.

    The statistics show that the average life expectancy in Poland is lower and mortality of infants and mothers is higher than in the majority of EU member states.

    By improving access to and quality of care in the period around birth, the Independent Public Health Care Centre in Staszów aims to reduce the mortality of newborns due to pregnancy complications and protect the health of pregnant mothers.

    Modern equipment in place
    The provincial public hospital, which has 300 beds for a population of approximately 75,000, is currently undergoing a modernisation process with renovation of wards and building of a new wing.

    With the support form EEA Grants, the hospital has purchased modern ultrasound equipment and equipment for mammography, operating procedures have been established and staff have been trained. The hospital is also running a comprehensive information campaign which involves distribution of posters and brochures through local doctors and health centres.

    Reaching younger women
    As a result of the project, all pregnant women that belong to the hospital will be offered ultrasound examinations. This is a new offer for pregnant women in the province, and so far 50 women have been examined. In addition, approximately 150 women have been examined for cervical cancer. The mammography component is yet to start.

    Both the cervical cancer and mammography examinations aim at reaching women between 25 and 50 years, which is the age group where the risk of cancer is highest. Older women are covered through national programs. Education is also an important aspect of the project, as women in the target group get to know more about the risks and are made aware of the importance of regular testing.

    Photo credit: Royal Norwegian Embassy, Warsaw.

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    Project title:

    Program of Prophylactic Examinations for Mother and Child in the Municipality of Staszow

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare


    € 287,321



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Independent Public Health Care Complex Center in Staszow

    Type of institution:


    Project duration:

    22 months

    Project cost:

    € 338,014

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    15 May 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to create a perinatal programme to offer better services for perinatal care and early detection of carcinomas in women's reproductive organs and breast glands during pregnancy, with the overall objective of reducing the mortality of newborns due to pregnancy complications and protecting the health of pregnant mothers in the Swietokrzyskie Province. 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:

    - Preparation of public tender and purchase of medical equipment;

    - Training of hospital employees;

    - Prophylactic examinations of pregnant women;

    - Treatment of women and newborns in case of detection of morbid changes;

    - Prophylactic examinations of mammary gland and uterine cervix cancers in women;

    - Publicity and management.

    The Project Promoter is the Independent Public Health Care Complex Center (IPHCCC) in Staszow.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 15 percent of the total eligible Project costs.