The results of the mini-grants competition for the communities were summed up during today’s extended meeting of the project “Effective primary healthcare in community” that took place in the House of Councils. The event was attended by the Chairman of the Council of Partners-Beneficiaries, Sergii Chernov, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council, members of the Council of Beneficiaries, representatives of territorial communities.

Due to the successful implementation of the mini-grants competition of the project, the primary healthcare in the communities of Kharkiv region became more accessible and qualitative, especially for the citizens of rural areas located far from the community center. 

One of the most important components of this large-scale medical project for the region is the mini-grants competition and today the winners of the first mini-grant competition presented implemented initiatives and obtained relevant certificates.

During the meeting opening, Sergii Chernov mentioned that it is important for all rural areas to provide high quality services, especially medical ones at the time of decentralization, when all powers are passed to the primary level.

According to Sergii Chernov, 12 communities in Kharkiv region were able to improve conditions of primary care organization in out-patient clinics of general practice of family medicine purposefully due to their first-priority requirements. The renewal of medical equipment, in particular laboratory and diagnostic equipment, was a topical issue for the citizens. Competitors purchased spirographs, demoscopes, clinical chemistry analyzers, hemoanalyzers. 

“We are currently at the equator of our project - 15 out of 30 months have passed. For this period we have received 54 applications from districts for participation in the medical mini-grants competition. Upon the evaluation results, 12 projects for total sum of 3,5 million hryvnias were chosen, co-financing from the regional budget under the scope of the project amounted to 3 million hryvnias,” – Sergii Chernov informs. – On the one hand, the task set before us was easy, on the other hand, it was ambitious. What’s important, we came forward with initiative in time and became the only region that got additional opportunities at the time of conducting medical reform.”

The winners of the competition are: Balakliia District Center for Primary Healthcare, Stara Saltivka Village Council of Vovchansk district, Center for Primary Healthcare No. 5 of Kharkiv district, Chuhuiv City Center for Primary Healthcare, Bezliudivka Village Council of Kharkiv district, Center for Primary Healthcare of Shevchenkivskyi district, Nova Vodolaha Village Council, Mala Danylivka Village Council of Derhachi district, Center for Primary Healthcare of Barvinkove district of Barvinkove District Council, Piatyhory Village Council of Balakliia district.

As the head physicians of the leading medical institutions of the region said, the list of medical services provided to the population had increased on account of engaging grant funds. In particular, Volodymyr Vasyliev, head physician of the Municipal Non-Profit Enterprise “Center for Primary Healthcare of Barvinkove district No. 2”, stressed that patients have an opportunity to undergo medical examinations locally in the institution and quickly get the results without going to private laboratories or medical institutions of secondary link.

“Thanks to grant funds, we purchased a modern urine analyzer, hemoanalyzer, integrated system of remote diagnostics, interactive digital stethoscope, monitor of vital signs with digital interface, 12-channel  ECG machine with digital interface,” Volodymyr Vasyliev informed.

The private laboratory was built in the Center for Primary Healthcare of Borivskyi district. This laboratory is equipped with hemoanalyzer for differential count with 5 parameters and urine analyzer.

According to Nataliia Pavlenko, head physician, 20 to 30 patients undergo examinations daily, the waiting time to find out the results takes not more than five minutes, “which in its turn provides an opportunity for the patients to undergo examinations locally and find out the results quickly.

Besides, biomaterial collecting points are to be opened in the Center for Primary Healthcare in the remote settlements of the district in the nearest future with organized courier delivery to the centralized laboratory. Test results will be transferred via the Internet. All these will contribute to availability and quality of medical care for the population.

For reference:

The mini-grants competition is a part of the project “Effective primary healthcare in community”, carried out under the scope of the EU program “Support to Civil Society, Local Authorities and Human Rights in Ukraine” and is financed by the European Union.

The aim of the project is to support and strengthen the primary link of rural medicine at the beginning of its reformation. 

The project is implemented by Kharkiv Regional Council in partnership with the Association of Local Self-Government Authorities in Kharkiv region, Non-Governmental Organization “Change Agency “Perspectives” and Social Union “Ukrainian-German Medical Association.

This competition took place from March 28 to May 12, 2019. The projects were to be prepared in the following directions:

  • Implementation of strategic development plans;
  • Strengthening of human resources potential;
  • Purchase of medical equipment;
  •  Implementation of innovations in the system of medical services provision.

Sum of one grant amounted up to 300 000,00 hryvnias.


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