Kharkiv district has become the first to be presented the Strategies of the primary medical care centres development. The Head of the Kharkiv regional council Serhiy Chernov, the deputies of the regional council, executives and specialists of the district, heads of villages and settlements, representatives of civil society organizations and activists were engaged in the discussion of the Strategies, which had been prepared under the “Efficient Community-Based Primary Health Care Project and implemented under the EU programme of the support to civil society, local authorities and human rights and financed by the European Union.

In his speech, Serhiy Chernov emphasized that the project is coordinated by the Kharkiv regional council. It is implemented to carry out and keep the healthcare reform up-to-date not only in cities but also in rural areas.

“During the decentralization, when all the powers are delegated top-bottom, it is important for all rural areas to be provided with quality services, especially medical ones”, the Head of the regional council said. “It was in order to make rural medical care develop rapidly, and help specialists quickly adapt to new conditions that this project was developed. And we can see it being successfully introduced in communities”.

For instance, while introducing the project four training groups for executive teams of the regional primary medical care centres were set up. Since the beginning of the year experts conducted 19 trainings for 90 participants from 19 institutions of the primary medical care of such districts as Balakliya, Borova, Valky, Vovchansk, Pervomaysk, Chuguyiv, Krasny Kut, Kegychivka, Nova Vodolaga districts, the regionally controlled towns of Izyum, Kupyansk, as well as Nova Vodolaga and Zolochiv amalgamated communities.

The four executive teams of the primary medical care centres of Kharkiv district presented the participants the main elements of the district medical institutions development plan after the successful completion of the training, which included the issue of strategic management, finance, back office and communication relations. In turn, experts provided their suggestions for improving the efficiency of projects implementation.

“That was the first public presentation, which provides an opportunity for the medical institutions to share their experience, while the heads of the amalgamated communities, local deputies, public organizations, activists and common caring citizens can look at the medical management teams from the viewpoint of improving their performance”, Serhiy Chernov stated.

Furthermore, congratulating the teams, he focused on the fact that the strategic plan is compulsory to participate in the contest for mini-grants to develop the community-based primary medical care in the region. The amount of one mini-grant is up to UAH 300 thousand. Co-funding of at least 10% of the total project budget is another pre-requisite for the participants.

The contest for mini-grants consists of two stages: the first is in 2019, the second is in 2020. At the first stage eligible participants include: primary medical care institutions and local authorities. At the second stage the contest will call for private family practitioners.

The applications can be submitted from 28th March 2019 till 12th May 2019 (inclusive).

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