Today, on March 9, 2021, an advocacy campaign is taking place in Krasnokutsk Village Council. Tetiana Bilovol, Deputy Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council; Yurii Yatsyna, Chairman of Bohoduhiv District Council; Iryna Karabut, Chairman of Krasnokutsk Village Council; Tetiana Havrysh, Project Advisor of “Effective primary health care in a community”; project experts, representatives of communities and chief medical officers of medical establishments of Bohoduhiv district take part at the meeting.

Tetiana Havrysh stated, “Communities should maintain and run both primary health care centers and district hospitals. These issues involve additional financing and specific skills in management, teambuilding efforts to create teams which will rule over the medical sphere and reach compromise between the newly formed communities.”

Tetiana Bilovol puts an emphasis that the project is being completed at this stage.

Tetiana Bilovol said, “The Regional Contest “Effective primary health care in a community” is going to start in July. It will involve local self-government bodies which are founders or founding members of medical establishments. The general budget of a mini-project under the Contest is up to 500,000.00 hryvnias. Mini-projects are to be implemented on the conditions of obligatory co-financing. The maximum amount of co-financing (subvention) subsidized from the regional budget should not exceed the amount of 70% from the cost of a mini-project. I believe, this project is going to help all communities and medical establishments to develop the medical sphere.”

Seven more communities in Kharkiv region are going to hold similar events. Besides, being a part of the project, a certain number of trainings are arranged for management teams of primary health care centers, family doctors who are planning to establish sole proprietorship in the region, educational online events with participation of medical experts from Estonia, Germany, Portugal and traineeship – away training events for management teams of primary health care centers on the territory of Ukraine aimed at studying the best practices of service, quality management, community cooperation, budgeting, etc.

For reference. The project “Effective primary health care in a community” is financed by the European Union and is implemented by Kharkiv Regional Council, the Association of Local Self-Government Bodies in Kharkiv region, the Non-Governmental Organization “Change Agency “Perspectives”, the Non-Governmental Union “Ukrainian and German Medical Association”.

In the last 2 years, 25 mini-grants have been implemented at the amount of 7 mln hryvnias, including from the regional budget 5.9 mln hryvnias. 142 items of medical equipment, 57 expensive units of laboratory equipment and an automobile for a family doctor have been purchased for primary care centers at the communities of the region. 17 doctors, individual entrepreneurs, are working in Kharkiv region, 9 of them studied at the training program.

Owing to the grant funds, it was possible to carry out repair works and renovate technical equipment in 8 rural out-patient departments and 19 primary care centers in Kharkiv region.

Besides, the trainings have been held for administrative teams of primary health care centers on communication with population, personnel management, financing, trainings for experts related to autonomous medical practices, professional webinars, job fairs for graduates of medical universities in the region, health fairs for community residents.

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