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Achievements and Victories of the Medical System of Ukraine in 2022

31 December 2022
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Despite the most difficult year caused by the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the russian federation, the medical system not only survived, but also managed to make significant steps forward.

“2022 is the year of resilience and invincibility. It was difficult for each of us. The challenges of the war that Ukraine faced daily required the adoption of complex and at the same time quick and prompt decisions. Despite constant massive shelling and enemy attacks, the medical system has survived, reoriented itself, and continues to provide medical services in all corners of Ukraine,” Minister of Health Viktor Liashko summed up.  

Let us remind you about the main achievements and victories of the healthcare system in 2022:

  • The salary of a doctor is set at the level of at least 20 thousand UAH, of a nurse at least 13.5 thousand UAH.
  • The program of medical guarantees received a record funding of UAH 157 billion.
  • Cooperation between the MoH and medical services of the defense sector was ensured on the principle of a “single medical space”.
  • 113 objects of medical institutions damaged as a result of military aggression have been fully restored, and 264 are in the process of restoration.
  • Coordination has been established with the European Commission DG SANTE and DG ECHO in matters of medical evacuation and treatment of Ukrainians in the EU countries. 2,354 sick and injured adults and children were evacuated to 29 countries for treatment.
  • Agreements were signed with the EU on Ukraine's accession to the EU4Health European program.
  • 94% of the plan for the purchase of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment planned for 2022 has been fulfilled.
  • MoH has established effective cooperation with the World Bank. Due to additional funding for this project, the MoH purchased about 6 thousand units of critical medical equipment for a total amount of 37.7 million US dollars.
  • The MoH coordinates the implementation of the initiative of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska to implement the National Program of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. In particular:
  1. interdepartmental interaction is coordinated,
  2. the profession of clinical psychologist and medical chaplain has been introduced,
  3. 80 mobile multidisciplinary mental health teams have been established,
  4. a new package “Support and Treatment of Adults and Children with Mental Disorders at the Primary Level of Medical Care” has been introduced as part of the medical guarantee program,
  5. together with international partners and the “Barrier Free” public organization, an audit of needs and resources in the field of mental health was conducted,
  6. an online course for primary care professionals on the management of common mental disorders has been launched using the mhGAP guide for the WHO program,
  7. the following products have been developed: the “Basic Skills of Taking Care of Yourself and Others” guide, the new section of the “Barrier Free Guide” – “Ethics of Interaction During Times of Stress”, stress management in the BetterMe: Mental Health app.
  • Advanced neonatal screening for 21 orphan diseases was launched.
  • 379 organ transplants were performed.
  • The Affordable Medicines reimbursement program is being expanded. Prescriptions for the treatment of mental illnesses are included for reimbursement. In total, 11,500 pharmacies participate in the program, 10,168,541 prescriptions were repaid, the actual cost of reimbursement of which amounted to UAH 2 billion 243 million.
  • The Feofaniya hospital has become accessible to every Ukrainian and has started working under the program of medical guarantees.
  • The doors were opened for patients in the new modern buildings of the National Children's Specialized Hospital of the MoH of Ukraine “Okhmatdyt” and the Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the MoH of Ukraine. 
  • Electronic prescriptions for antibacterial drugs and narcotic (psychotropic) drugs were launched, and more than 400 thousand prescriptions were issued.
  • 7 pilot telemedicine solutions were implemented under martial law in the amount of USD 1.4 million.
  • The National contact center of the MoH processed more than 700 thousand requests.
  • A new version of the regulations on internships was adopted and a rating approach to the distribution of graduates of higher medical education institutions for internships was introduced as a transition stage to electronic distribution. 
  • A special portal of vacancies for medical professionals has been launched on the website of the MoH. About 600 vacancies in healthcare institutions throughout Ukraine have been submitted to the portal since the launch.
  • The specifics of certification, specialization, and continuous professional development of doctors, pharmacists, and nurses during martial law are regulated.
  • 7 standards of higher education were approved: master's degree in “Dentistry”, “Medicine”, “Nursing”, “Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy”, “Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy” and Ph.D. in “Dentistry”, “Public Health”. A new scientific specialty “Disaster Medicine” has been created.
  • Successful organization of the entrance campaign in higher education institutions of the MoH was ensured. The state order for admission has been almost 100% fulfilled. The average passing score on the budget remained at a high level and amounted to more than 150 points.
  • More than UAH 1 billion was raised for healthcare needs through the UNITED24 fundraising platform and more than 9 thousand medical and other equipment, 133 ambulances, and 13 units of evacuation transport were purchased.
  • 10.5 thousand tons of medical humanitarian aid with a total cost of UAH 12.8 billion were received from 35 countries of the world.
  • Since the beginning of the war 779 ambulances, off-road vehicles, and armored evacuation vehicles have been purchased and delivered through various mechanisms.
  • The partnership of medical universities of Ukraine and Poland was coordinated in cooperation with the government of the Republic of Poland, modular outpatient clinics of family medicine and modular temporary bases of emergency medical care service were installed in Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts. 
  • About 2,100 training events were held on tactical and emergency medicine and other issues of medical care with the participation of foreign partners.

We thank everyone for their dedicated work and efforts to achieve joint success in improving the access of Ukrainians to medical care.