Starting May this year, the scope of the areas in which Germany cooperates and provides assistance to Ukraine will be expanded through additional support - promoting decentralization reform through investments in the rehabilitation of rural healthcare infrastructure.
The respective financial and project agreement was signed on May 20 in Kyiv by Mr. Kurt Strasser, Country Director of the KfW Development Bank, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Andrii Reva and Executive Director of the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund (UFSI) Andrii Laktionov.
The signing of the Agreement gave the green light to the implementation of the previously discussed and agreed Project "Promoting the Social Infrastructure Development. UFSI VII". The Project is aimed to support a comprehensive and ambitious medical reform that began in Ukraine in 2017 and envisages, among other things, the reform and improvement of the functioning of primary health care institutions.
With this purpose, the German government has disbursed, through the state-owned Development Bank of Germany KfW, a grant totaling EUR 14.45 million to upgrade and equip with modern medical devices approximately 60 to 70 primary care centers located in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The project will be implemented by the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund (UFSI) by the end of 2022.
From 2008 until now, the German government has disbursed more than EUR 45 million of irretrievable financial assistance for the development of social infrastructure in Ukraine through KfW. This enabled the rehabilitation of almost 450 social infrastructure facilities, including schools, kindergartens, cultural and medical facilities, water pipelines and buildings for internally displaced persons (IDPs).
It should be noted that the previous Project, UFSI VI, aimed at providing housing for IDPs and reconstruction of social infrastructure facilities in the eastern regions of Ukraine, began at the end of 2018 and sees the stage of implementation.
The previous UFSI V Project, seeing the final stage of its implementation, has already allowed restoration of housing for more than 700 internally displaced persons in the eastern regions of Ukraine and in Lviv, and creating of more than 2600 new places for children in kindergartens located there and in Kyiv as well.
Taking into account the positive past experience of cooperation between all involved parties, there is every reason to believe that the Project aimed at the development of primary medicine institutions will also be successful.