Model health care program to fight osteoporosis in area of Polish-Belarusian borderland

About of project:

Period: 09.04.2019 – 30.11.2021

Budget: €1,852,281.60; EU contribution: €1,667,053.44

Implementing agencies: Hrodna City Urgent Care Clinic (Belarus), Suwałki Provincial Hospital (Poland)

Locations: Hrodna Region (Belarus), Podlasie Province (Poland)


The increase in life expectancy and negative natural population growth contribute to the growing number of elderly people. One of the problems faced by elderly people is osteoporosis. Approximately 30% of people 50 years and older suffer from the disease. At that, osteoporosis is, in most cases, detected in elderly people only after a fracture due to a shortage of specialists and a lack of an early diagnosis system.

Goals and objectives: Enhance medical care availability and quality in border areas of Belarus and Poland in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology, with a special focus on osteoporosis.

It will be facilitated by improvements in healthcare infrastructure and experience exchange between specialists of both counties, as well as public awareness raising in Podlasie Voivodeship and Hrodna Region about the problem of osteoporosis and the importance of its early diagnosis.

Interim outcomes: There are plans to upgrade Hrodna City Urgent Care Clinic (CUCC) and Suwałki Provincial Hospital, and procure osteoporosis diagnostic and treatment equipment.

In particular, a transboundary centre for osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment will be established in Hrodna City Urgent Care Clinic; it will apply X-ray densitometry, laboratory detection of osteoporosis markers among risk groups. The trauma care unit will be equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment: a new ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, operating tables, two arthroscopic towers and argon coagulators.

The project will provide for the development of common protocols of medical personnel actions, conduct of joint conferences and specialist training courses.
Training in osteoporosis prevention and correction methods is planned for residents of Podlasie Voivodeship and Hrodna Region.

Contacts: Lyudmila But-Gusaim, Project Manager

+375 29 583 87 10, (0152) 681907, e-mail:

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