The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine plans to promote vigorous development of initiatives to support birth and parenthood in Ukraine. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said commenting on the implementation of the Government's initiative to provide the Baby Box for newborn Ukrainian citizens.
The Baby Box initiative has been launched as a major social project since September of the current year within the framework of the state program aimed to create favorable conditions for infant development, to ensure equal development for children, to strengthen the institution of the family and to shape a responsible parentage. This is a new format of unrepayable aid from the state, regardless of the region of residence or the level of material provision, for each Ukrainian newborn. Getting the Box does not affect the receipt of a cash benefit. The initiative is a pilot project and that is why the Box itself can and will be reviewed in accordance with the wishes of the parents.
"The main idea is to support the birthrate in Ukraine. The Ukrainian nation has to grow. But to achieve this goal we have to create proper conditions to support parentage, which is very useful from the very first hours. We will prolong the development of such initiatives in the future", said Volodymyr Groysman.
He noted that by the end of the year the number of presented Baby Boxes would amount over 100,000. "We will continue to expend every effort to support birthrate in Ukraine, this is a major priority", added the Prime Minister.
The Head of Government also appealed to local authorities with a request to coordinate the work and ensure the implementation of the initiative on the ground. At the same time, Volodymyr Groysman reminded that starting from January next year the program of state support of families with children the Municipal Nanny will trigger. According to the plan, the state will recover for the parents part of the cost of the nanny's service. Thus, parents will be able to work and have a childcare service, while nannies will get official employment.
Since September of 2018, the Baby Box has already been given to 71,870 children, which is almost 99% of the total number of newborns in this period. In Kyiv, the Baby Box was received by over 6,600 children. The Baby Box is a children's package of 25 essential goods, including diapers, care products, baby cosmetics, and clothing.