Ukraine embarks on hospital modernization project to improve healthcare
With the participation of the World Bank, Ukraine launched a project to modernize healthcare facilities in all regions.
The press service of Ukraine's Ministry of Health announced this, Rubryka reports.
What is the problem?
According to the calculations of the World Bank, about €500-600 billion are needed for Ukraine's post-war reconstruction since hundreds of medical facilities were destroyed and damaged during hostilities and Russian shelling.
"1,433 medical facilities were damaged. If we talk about destroyed hospitals, 177 medical facilities have been destroyed since the beginning of the invasion," First Deputy Minister of Health Serhii Dubrov said on the national telethon.
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization, Russia has carried out more than 900 attacks on medical institutions since the beginning of its invasion of Ukraine. According to the WHO, 868 of the 967 attacks affected medical institutions.
What is the solution?
The project will strengthen the provision of medical facilities, particularly the infrastructure's restoration, renewal, and modernization.
This includes reconstructing damaged medical infrastructure facilities, renovating premises and buildings, and modernizing medical facilities with modern equipment to increase energy independence.
How does it work?
Medical facilities in all regions can apply for and receive infrastructure and solar panel project funding. Infrastructure projects will relate to the restoration and modernization of state or public medical facilities damaged due to hostilities, increasing energy efficiency, and providing access to alternative energy sources.
Primary care medical institutions can apply for installing solar energy equipment, like solar panels, a battery, and an inverter.
The department also reported that the "primary" institutions could use solar energy as an independent power source, accumulate it, and reduce electricity costs.
Military administrations and executive bodies of village, settlement, city, and district councils in cities, state, and public medical institutions can submit proposals.
How to get financing?
For the institutions to receive funding for reconstruction and renewal projects, medical facilities must consider their needs and criteria for the projects submitting their proposals for consideration, particularly the types of medical care of the medical facilities and documents offered with the proposal.
Primary care institutions must comply with the conditions outlined here to participate in solar energy projects.
Rubryka reported that the Ukrainian charity Energy Act For Ukraine Foundation is installing hybrid solar systems in the war-battered Chernihiv Regional Children's Hospital and Ivankiv Central District Hospital.
The charity partner of the project was the Garnier brand, and Polish company Menlo Electric provided the solar panels for the Chernihiv hospital.