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Medical Partnership Is Already Saving Lives in Ukraine and Will Benefit the Whole World – Olena Zelenska

22 May 2024 - 14:33

Medical Partnership Is Already Saving Lives in Ukraine and Will Benefit the Whole World – Olena Zelenska

In Kyiv, First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska took part in the Conference on International Medical Partnership. The event was also attended by Minister of Health Viktor Liashko, representatives of the German-Ukrainian Medical Partnership Program GIZ, the World Health Organization, the Ministers of Health of Lithuania and Estonia, as well as heads of Ukrainian and foreign hospitals.

The wife of the President of Ukraine noted that 34 memoranda have already been signed in the nine months of the program's existence and ten more preliminary agreements on cooperation have been reached.

"This is a very important project for me, because we launched it on the sidelines of the Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen last September. I am grateful to Health Minister Viktor Liashko and the Ukrainian Ministry of Health for constantly developing international medical partnerships," she emphasized.

Medical institutions in Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Israel, Sweden, North Macedonia, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Türkiye, and Moldova have already become twinned with Ukrainian hospitals. From the Ukrainian side, hospitals from Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Vinnytsia, Chernihiv, Ternopil, and Zakarpattia regions joined the partnership. In addition, nine new agreements were signed during the Conference.

"What can Ukraine give in return, in addition to our gratitude, is experience in treating polytrauma and combat injuries. Experience in the so-called extreme medicine, with a massive influx of patients. Doctors at Ukrainian clinics save limbs of wounded children and adults in cases where it seems impossible. However, we hope you will not need to treat wounds from explosions in your countries, as Ukraine is doing everything it can to prevent the war from going any further," the First Lady said.

In April alone, more than 180 medical professionals took part in scientific events abroad. Our doctors also underwent training in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Latvia, and Spain.

Reference. Last year, Kyiv hosted the third Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen. At the invitation of Olena Zelenska, spouses of heads of state and opinion leaders from around the world gathered to discuss mental recovery – for every country and every person.

One of the main highlights of the event was the satellite summit of health ministers from different countries, which launched the international medical partnership program. At that time, 25 Ukrainian hospitals were twinned with hospitals in other countries to share their experience and international practices.