Ukraine will receive $135 million from the World Bank. The relevant decision was made today - April 28, 2020 - by the WB Board of Executive Directors.
The funding will be directed as additional financing for the Serving People, Improving Health project, which has been implemented in Ukraine with the support of the World Bank since 2015.
It is planned that a $35 million sum will be spent on measures to strengthen the protection of the population and counteract the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The remaining amount will be used to purchase modern equipment for emergency departments and to strengthen the capacity of hospitals to provide quality assistance in stroke units in Ukraine's regions, as well as to implement other measures within the framework of healthcare reform and capacity building of the National Health Service of Ukraine.
"This additional funding will help Ukraine upgrade up to 40 emergency departments and stroke units, enabling hospitals to perform complex medical procedures using high-tech equipment and appropriate treatment protocols," said Alex Kremer, World Bank Acting Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
As part of the ongoing project Serving People, Improving Health, Ukraine is provided assistance in the rehabilitation of urban hospitals and rural health posts, the purchase of up-to-date equipment and the improvement of the quality of health services. The initial investment amounted to $ 214.73 million.