Ukraine

Improving the Health of Mothers, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Synthesis Report

Over its nearly eight years of implementation, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project supported USAID's global Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths and Family Planning agendas by: Testing and...

Improving Alcohol and Tobacco Control during Pregnancy in Ukraine

USAID ASSIST began working in Ukraine in 2014 as a continuation of an activity begun under the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) in 2013 to implement a non-communicable diseases pilot activity in Poltava Oblast, also known as “...

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY15

This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY15 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries...

Improving reproductive health services by addressing gender issues in Ukraine

Megan Ivankovich

Senior Program Officer, WI-HER, LLC
Gender Training in Poltava, Ukraine

Participants in Poltava present Problem Trees and describe the causes and consequences of relevant public health issues

In October, I had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine to support the USAID ASSIST Project to integrate gender into the work currently underway. ASSIST is working with the Ministry of Health in Ukraine to improve reproductive health services at the primary health care level by working specifically to decrease alcohol and tobacco use by pregnant women, to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Males and females face different levels of susceptibility to health concerns based on their genetic makeup as well as on prevailing gender norms that influence behaviors and quality of health services. For example, 46% of women in Ukraine reported alcohol use in the most recent months of pregnancy, yet counseling on the reduction of alcohol use during pregnancy is insufficient since health providers often don’t consider women at risk because these behaviors have been historically associated with men and boys. In addition, exposure to environmental pollutants such as second-hand smoke can negatively impact the health of pregnant women and their babies.

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY14

This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY14 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries...

Improving Health Care: The Results and Legacy of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project

This final report of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) summarizes the key accomplishments and learning of this seven-year global technical assistance project of the USAID Office of Health Systems. Implemented from 2007-2014,...

Improving the quality of tobacco and alcohol cessation services for pregnant women

Elena Novichkova

Chief of Party, Ukraine, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy poses serious risks to the health and welfare of mothers and unborn babies. Preterm birth, developmental disabilities such as fetal alcohol syndrome, mental and growth retardation, low birth weight, and asthma and sudden infant death are some of the effects that drinking and smoking while pregnant have on babies.

Improving Alcohol and Tobacco Control during Pregnancy in Ukraine

For almost 20 years, USAID has been honored to cooperate with Ukraine’s leading experts and health care providers, including the Ministry of Health (MOH ) of Ukraine, on improving maternal and newborn care and women’s reproductive health...

International Women’s Day: What I Celebrate

Taroub Faramand

Founder and President, WI-HER, LLC

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, and it offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on contributions and progress made to improve the lives of women and girls in the past year, identify where inequalities still prevent women and girls from realizing their full potential, and advocate for further changes to increase equal opportunities for women and girls.