USAID works with the Ukrainian government, civil society, non-governmental organizations, and other donors and partners to build Ukraine’s overall health system. We contribute to building a system that serves the people of Ukraine and assures that medical professionals have the tools, knowledge, and resources to provide high quality, modern healthcare to all Ukrainians.
In addition, USAID focuses on responding to infectious diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and hepatitis C (HCV)) and improving immunization coverage for diseases such as polio. Ukraine has among the highest burdens of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and close to the highest rate of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world. Through support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID is responding to the challenges presented by these epidemics. USAID also supports programs to build a routine immunization program in Ukraine, to ensure that Ukraine’s children are protected from preventable diseases such as polio and measles.
ACCELERATING HEALTH REFORM:
USAID Health Reform Support
Project Period: April 27, 2018 – April 25, 2025
HRS supports the development of a transparent, accountable, and effective health care system capable of meeting the health needs of the Ukrainian people. It partners with the Ministry of Health, the National Health Service of Ukraine, and civil society to advance health sector reforms, tackle widespread corruption, and enhance transparency to improve access to health care and the availability of high quality health care services for Ukrainians. The activity seeks to improve health sector governance; support the transformation of the healthcare financing model; strengthen the professional workforce; enhance transparency, accountability and responsiveness of the health care system; and improve service delivery systems at all levels.
Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Project
Project Period: September 1, 2017 – September 1, 2025
SafeMed is contributing to building Ukraine’s health care system to meet the needs of its citizens by strengthening the pharmaceutical system to ensure transparency and cost-efficiency. The activity is improving public procurement of medicines and health commodities (such as essential HIV, tuberculosis, and HCV medications, as well as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat substance abuse) at the best prices and contributing to creating a longer-term plan to sustain pharmaceutical financing and strengthen rational pharmaceutical management and the pharmaceutical supply chain.
COMBATING INFECTIOUS DISEASE:
Project Period: September 27, 2017 – June 28, 2024
HealthLink will accelerate Ukraine’s efforts to end HIV as a public health threat by 2030 through focused targeting of people living with HIV and key populations (who are most at risk of contracting HIV) by: increasing the demand for and access to HIV services; increasing the number of PLHIV who know their status and are linked to care; improving delivery of HIV services; and reducing stigma and discrimination.
Support TB Control Efforts in Ukraine
Project Period: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2024
The Support TB Control Efforts in Ukraine activity is reducing the TB epidemic in Ukraine through early detection, appropriate care, and prevention for people living with TB, Drug Resistant (DR)-TB and HIV/TB. The activity works at the primary health care level with TB facilities in 12 selected oblasts of Ukraine with the highest TB, DR-TB and HIV/TB co-infection rates and medical training centers nationwide. The activity is increasing case detection and improving diagnostics, treatment, and care for patients living with TB, DR-TB and HIV/TB co-infection. The activity is working in close cooperation with and in support of the National Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The activity is also involved in improving the system for TB, DR-TB diagnosis, including contact tracing, treatment initiation, treatment completion, and improved data reporting, collection and analysis.
SOCIAL SECTOR (Mental Health and Disabilities):
Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems (SRSHS)
Project Period April 1, 2019 – September 30, 2024
The Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems activity is introducing the most current practices and thinking to physical therapists in Ukraine; supporting the development and implementation of national rehabilitation policies, regulations, and protocols and generating greater demand for rehabilitation services at the community level. The activity works closely with the World Health Organization to develop a strategy for rehabilitation services and supports the Ministry of Health in implementing rehabilitation reform. It is also developing an information campaign to communicate the role and importance of rehabilitation services at the primary health care level.
Fighting Misinformation About Vaccines Project
Project Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023
Through this activity, USAID is contributing to improvements in the supply and demand for vaccinations by strengthening effective communication, including at the community level. The activity is generating more advocacy and an objective public dialogue on immunization within the context of ongoing health reform; helping to counter misinformation about vaccines through tailored and evidence-based communication and community engagement; and strengthening the ability of health officials to plan, forecast, and manage vaccines at the regional and community levels.