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Kyiv, 11 June 2022 – Today WHO Representative in Ukraine Dr Jarno Habicht and Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Health Iryna Mykychak visited Moshchun, Bucha and Havrylivka – settlements in the region in Kyiv, where the majority of hospitals were damaged, outpatient clinics were destroyed during the war which led to disruption of access to essential health services and significant difficulties in obtaining medical care.
According to WHO estimates, more than one in three adults in Ukraine have health problems caused by chronic non-communicable diseases and require systematic health care coverage, including counseling and medical support. The approximate number of people with chronic diseases in the municipality of Bucha (Kyiv oblast) is about 10,000 people, and up to 20,000 people in the communities of Gostomel, Borodyanka and Dymer.
To ensure access to primary health care and medicines in the affected areas of the Kyiv region, WHO Ukraine, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Ukrainian Academy of Family Medicine, launched a project aimed at supporting the primary health care system in the form of mobile health units bringing essential health services closer to the residents of Gostomel, Makariv, Borodyanka, Dymer, Ivankov and other surrounding communities.
“WHO is expanding primary health care services in communities in Kyiv Oblast, badly affected by war. In close collaboration with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and the Ukrainian Academy of Family Medicine, we are facilitating access to medical services and essential medicines for residents of Bucha, Irpin, Gostomel, Borodyanka and other hard-hit areas of the region through the establishment and operation of mobile health centres. health units, which will carry out more than 120 community visits and more than 1,500 primary health care consultations for war-affected patients in the coming months,” said Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative in Ukraine .
“A full-scale war is underway in Ukraine, our brave people are defending our land every day. We defend the right to freedom and independence, to the future of Ukraine. Thanks to international support, we have the opportunity to help the Ukrainian territories most affected by the war, in particular the Kyiv region. We are grateful to the joint efforts of the Ministry of Health, WHO and the NGO “Academy of Family Medicine”, the residents of the community were able to access medical care and medicines. By supporting local health care facilities, including primary health care centers and family medicine clinics, we are restoring continuity of medical care to the war-affected population and providing psychological support. From the first days of the disoccupation, the joint efforts of the Ministry of Health and the regional military administration organized outpatient medical care by specialists from specialized institutions – the Urgent Care Center, “Ohmatdyt”, l ‘Heart Institute, Kyiv Regional Hospitals,’” said Iryna Mykychak, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine.
“We are grateful to the World Health Organization for the partnership in the implementation of the project on mobile health teams in the Kyiv region – an important initiative, facilitating access to primary health care services and essential medicines for the population of war-affected settlements in the Kyiv region,” said Iryna Voloshyna, project manager for mobile teams of the NGO “Academy of Family Medicine of Ukraine”.
During the visit to the Kyiv region, Dr. Jarno Habicht and Iryna Mykychak met with health workers and thanked them for their efforts and tireless work in providing the necessary assistance to the affected population in the Kyiv region. Kyiv in these difficult times.
Under the project, doctors from the mobile health units conduct community visits, provide consultations and provide health services, including medical examination, diagnosis, prescription of treatment and medication, referral to specialists/hospitals for specialist care, promotion of good health and advice on the prevention of health problems, managing follow-up. They are also focusing on community outreach services and home visits to people with disabilities and other affected patients who need to extend essential health services closer to the population.
Over the next three months, the project aims to restore and ensure continuity of care for the war-affected population, support local primary health care facilities and health workers with restoration and integration of services in the online health system, to improve access and availability of medicines for patients with non-communicable diseases (diabetes, hypertension, asthma, etc.).
The project was implemented by WHO with support from Switzerland and the Government of Canada.
Iryna Tarnavska, Communications Officer, WHO Ukraine, [email protected]