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PRIORITY 3 - Networking and people-to-people cooperation

A development of cooperation between medical facilities from a Polish-Belarusian borderland in a treatment of acute psychiatric disorders

Lead PartnerStanislaw Deresz's Independent Psychiatric Healthcare Centre in Choroszcz (Poland)

Partnership International Public Charity Association 'Health in XXI century' (Belarus)
District Psychiatric and Neurological Healthcare Centre in Brest (Belarus)

Total budget1 998 525,16 €

Programme Contribution1 798 472,79,00 €

Duration24 months

Measure3.1. Regional and local cross-border cooperation capacity building

Project ref. numberIPBU.03.01.00-20-564_11

The aim of the project is to improve the quality and accessibility of acute mental disorders treatment in Poland and Belarus by equipping the partner hospitals with modern medical equipment and exchange knowledge between doctors and therapists. Investment activities under the project include the modernization of building for the needs of the Department of Acute Treatment of Mental Disorders in Choroszcz, which involves reconstruction of the existing premises and expansion of the building with an additional area of approximately 900 square meters. The newly created department will be equipped with specialized equipment and therapeutic kits. The centre in Brest already has departments for the treatment of acute mental disorders, however the conditions of stay of patients and the availability of specialized medical equipment are kept to a minimum. Outdated equipment of the department makes it difficult for doctors to establish international cooperation. Therefore, in Brest hospital a renovation will also take place, and then equipment of rooms for patients will be purchased and new medical equipment will be installed. Implementation of these measures will enable the project partners to get closer to the standards in force in other European countries.

In addition to investment activities, activities aimed at strengthening cooperation between the project partners are performed at the same time. These include both study visits, seminars, conferences, internships as well as common editing of the Jednamedycyna.eu portal and social campaigns against stigmatization of the mentally ill people. In 2014, there were two study visits in Choroszcz and in Brest. They were attended by medical staff and administrative staff of partner institutions. The meetings were primarily focused on getting to know each other and exchange information on working rules of individual hospitals in the context of care for patients with acute mental disorders. Exchange of experience will help to determine specific objectives of further cooperation. The three-day seminar organized in Baranovichi in Belarus was directed to a wide range of professionals involved in psychiatric care in Poland and Belarus. Lectures on methods of treating acute psychiatric disorders were complemented by presentations of the most modern equipment and medicines. 


The project is supported by an educational social campaign aimed at combating stigmatization of patients with acute psychiatric disorders. The campaign is conducted in various forms in the media: the publication on the project's portal and advertising on television. In this way, its impact goes far beyond the area covered by the project.