Canada and Ukraine cooperate on health care reforms
Ukraine, Ontario strengthen ties in health care sector
February 15, 2018. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes the enhanced relationship between Canada and Ukraine on reforming Ukraine’s health care system. Last week, Memoranda were signed between Ukraine and Canada, and Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and the Government of Ontario, which will increase cooperation on crucial reform efforts.
Acting Minister of Health of Ukraine Dr. Ulana Suprun stated, “Our main objective is to transform Ukraine’s healthcare system into an effective healthcare service of the 21st century. We really appreciate Canada’s support in this process, as this is the country that has always offered Ukraine a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on, even at the most difficult times.”
On February 7, Canada’s Department of Global Affairs, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Regional Development, and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to increase the availability and quality of healthcare services in rural areas through the implementation of telemedicine.
On February 9, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and the Government of Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the healthcare sector. The three-year program will promote training programs and research projects, and the exchange of information and health care professionals. Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins was on an official visit to Ukraine together with Yvan Baker (MPP, Etobicoke-Centre) to sign the Memorandum.
“Acting Minister of Health Dr. Suprun and her team are leading transformational reforms in a vital area of government services,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “The Ukrainian people deserve access to high-quality medical care, and we are pleased Canada and Ontario will be assisting in these efforts.”
Minister Hoskins stated, “This agreement strengthens our important relationship by establishing a partnership to share information regarding health care delivery and cooperative programs that will benefit us both. I look forward to continuing to build this relationship in the future.”
The three year program between the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Government of Ontario will focus on:
- Telehealth and telemedicine
- Disease prevention and control
- Emergency care
- Mental health and addictions
- Education of health care professionals
- Rural medicine and health care delivery
Anna Kuprieieva, President of the UCC Ontario Provincial Council, stated, “We congratulate Ontario and Ukraine on signing this important agreement. Reform of the health care system is one of the highest priorities in Ukraine today, and Ontario’s experience and best practices in this field will be of great value to Ukraine.”