The project "Improving public health and reducing social inequalities in health- cancer prevention in Piła" is implemented within the framework of

Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and the state budget within the Operational Programme PL13 - Reducing social inequalities in health.

The main objective of the Programme:

The main objective of the projectis to allow early detection of cancer and greater effectiveness of cancer treatment for the residents of Poviat Piła.

The Project consists of two parts:

  • disease prevention programme,

  • health promotion programme.

Disease prevention programme:

The free examination will be carried within the disease prevention programme:

  • lung and bronchial tubes cancer
    • for people between 35 and 69 years old who have been smoking for 20 years and people between 50 and 69 years old who have been living with the person who smokes;

  • large intestine cancer
    • for people between 50 and 65 years old without the specific for the disease symptoms such as: gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhoea, constipation, weight loss or anaemia,

    • for people between 40 and 49 years old without the symptoms of the disease but whose first-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) suffered from large intestine cancer,

  • nipple cancer
    • for women between 35 and 49 years old (especially for women whose relatives suffered from breast cancer, became pregnant after 35 years old or menopause occurred between 35 and 49 years old;

    • for women over 65 years old who suffered from any other cancer.

The aim of the Project is the free examination of 2500 people from the whole Poviat. All examinations will be performed in the Specialist Hospital in Piła.

Health Promotion Programme:

The aim of Health Promotion Programme is:

  • organising outdoor events for the residents of the Poviat - 8 picnics promoting healthy lifestyle,

  • organising meetings for women who live in all parishes of the Poviat devoted to breast and nipple cancer prevention,

  • organising the workshops and competitions for high school, junior high and primary students regarding cancer prevention, healthy eating, healthy diet and the health benefits of physical activity,

  • organising training for general practitioners and nurses regarding the health situation in the Poviat and their role in cancer prevention.

The implementation of the Project:

  • 2 April 2014  – the announcement of the contest by the Programme Operator - Ministry of Health.

The contest was directed to the 156 poviats selected on the basis of statistics prepared by the National Institute of Public Health. The Poviats are characterised by the highest Standardized Mortality Ratios (SMRs) in 2009-2011in terms of: mortality in general, cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, diseases of the digestive system,external causes. Poviat Piła was included in the programme as well.

  • 30 May 2014 – the submission of the application for financial aid to the Ministry of Healt by Poviat Piła,

  • 2 December 2014 – the approvement of the final list of 25 Poviats that were granted the financial aid. Poviat Piła was positively assessed and together with 6 other Poviats ranks the 8th place.

  • 10 March 2015 – the signing of the  financial aid agreement between Poviat Piła and the Ministry of Health.

  • Realisation of the project: 10 March 2015. – 30 April 2016.

  • Eligible beneficiaries: Poviat Piła.

  • The Project implementer: Poviat Piła, the Specialist Hospital in Piła.

  • The value of the project: PLN 2. 211 568,00.

  • Projects will be funded at the level of 100% of eligible costs, 85% will be funded by Norwegian Financial Mechanism and 15% by the State Budget.


Norwegian Financial Mechanism:

Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism, i.e. EEA and Norway Grants, are a form of foreign aid granted by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to new EU Member States. The funds are connected with the Polish accession to the European Union and the simultaneous accession to the European Economic Area (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). Donor countries benefit from access to the internal market of the European despite the fact that they are non-EU members. Currently, the second edition of the grants is being implemented; it covers the period of 2009-2014.

The main objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants are: to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening the bilateral relations between the donor and the beneficiary states.

The recipients of EEA and Norway Grants are 16 EU countries: 12 countries that joined the common market in 2004 and 2007, as well as Spain, Portugal, Greece and Croatia.

The total amount of the second edition of the Norway and EEA Grants amounts to EUR 1.7 billion in 2009-2014. Generally, applicants may be research and academic institutions, private or public, commercial or non-commercial, and non-governmental organizations established as legal entities in 12 countries which newly joined the common market including Greece, Portugal and Spain. Thanks to them,there is the extensive cooperationwith Norway, andthe projectscan be implementedby 2016.

Allocation for Poland amounts to EUR 570 million.

The support areas include the protection of environment and climate changes, research and scholarships,  civil society, health, support for children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.

Programme PL 13 – Reducing social inequalities in health

Operator: Ministry of Health

Partnership at the programme level: Norwegian Directorate of Health

Value of the programme from the Norway Grants: EUR 18 000 000

Purpose and areas of support

The aim of the programme is to identify determinants of social inequalities in health, as well as subsequent development of cross-sectoral strategies for reducing health inequalities, and development of health promotion / disease prevention models aimed at reducing these inequalities.

Calls for proposals

According to the Programme the following models were the basis of working out the pilot projects within the Predefined Project implemented by the Ministry of Health and Norway:

the model of health needs assessment and the model of health promotion /disease prevention programmes (related to health risk factors such as smoking, physical activity, mental health, accidents, etc., depending on the results ofthe assessment of health needs) at the Poviat level.

The documentswere the basis for an open call for proposals with the value of EUR 15423206.

Eligible beneficiaries: Poviats

The contest was limited and was directed to the selected156 poviats. The list of poviats eligible to participate in the contest was based on the highest Standardized Mortality Ratios (SMRs) in 2009-2011in terms of: cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, diseases of the digestive system,external causesandmortality.

Value of the grant and co-financing level

Projects will be funded at the level of 100% of eligible costs. The value of the grant will amount from EUR 300 000 to EUR 1 000 000.

Partnership at the project level with Donor countries

Partnership within projects selected in the open call was not required.

The Programme PL13 is a donor partnership programme, implemented by the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Norwegian Directorate of Health. The project aims at improving health management strategies as well as preventing or reducing life-style related diseases.




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