Video 11:31 17 Nov 2023

Kyiv initiates pre-hospital medical training program for schoolchildren

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In collaboration with the Training Center for Tactical Medicine "KoLeSo," Kyiv City Military Administration has proposed to develop an educational program for school students on basic medical aid. 

The announcement was made by the Kyiv city administration on Telegram, Rubryka reports.

What's the problem?

According to Serhii Popko, the head of the administration, amid the large-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine, where the constant danger arises from air strikes with missiles and drones, children should learn how to provide basic medical aid to themselves and save others' lives.

What's the solution?

To address this need, the Kyiv City Military Administration and the Training Center for Tactical Medicine "KoLeSo" have created an educational program for school students on pre-hospital medical aid.

How does it work?

Recently, the center hosted the first test lesson for 8th-grade students from one of the Kyiv schools. According to Kyiv City Military Administration Chief Serhii Popko, with the approval of educators, such a program could become part of the school subject "Defense of Ukraine" or a separate subject in the future.

The development and implementation of such a program will help children acquire the basics of medical assistance and develop crucial skills in this field.

As previously reported, the Ministry of Education and Science recently announced the update of the "Defense of Ukraine" school discipline, which includes teaching drone operation, basics of tactical thinking, and a general understanding of space.


The "Defense of Ukraine" is designed to acquire basic knowledge about the Armed Forces of Ukraine, legal foundations of international humanitarian law, military medical training, civil defense, and ensuring one's safety during emergencies in both peacetime and wartime.

Studying this discipline prepares individuals for service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations.

The information gained is necessary to become a strong, educated, and informed person and to foster a conscious attitude toward protecting one's life and the lives of loved ones, friends, and fellow citizens.

Ukraine's Ministry of Defense, together with combat medics, volunteers, and representatives of civil organizations, has begun developing a unified system of pre-hospital medical assistance that aligns with the modern realities of warfare.

"We need a unified system of assistance that would allow us to save the lives and health of servicemen. Dialogue with those working directly on the battlefield, who see problems and have experience in solving them, is very important for us," said Deputy Minister of Defense Nataliia Kalmikova. "Today's task is to develop a foundation that would standardize the provision of timely and comprehensive first aid. We are also grateful to volunteer organizations and combat medics for saving lives during the ten years of war." 

It was also reported that the Ministry of Defense has established the Department of Health Protection, headed by Oksana Sukhorukova, a former volunteer and collaborator with the Ministry of Health with experience in launching medical reform.

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