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March 2016

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Medical Supplies

Hospitals throughout Ukraine are desperate for the most basic supplies that we take for granted without ever thinking about it. What if you went to hospital and had to bring your own bedding? If a friend or relative does not bring you food, you may not eat. Need medicine? Better have a relative or friend go to the pharmacy and buy it for you, and pray that it is not counterfeit. Managed care? YOU”RE the manager! That describes what may be the worst case scenario but it is certainly not uncommon. The medical field was one of the most lucrative corruption schemes of the previous regime. All equipment and medicines were routed through the Ministry of Health. An estimated 40% of medicines were counterfeit. Directors of hospitals had iron-clad control of purchasing and disbursements. Suppliers “paid to play.”

 

The doctors and nurses did their best to operate in this corrupt system.  New laws and regulations are being passed that should restore confidence to the medical system but it is a slow process. One of the breakthroughs was the establishment of Boards of Trustees to supersede hospital directors. The results are apparent at the Children’s Hospital, Lviv, and the new Inovo Diagnostic Center opened November, 2014. Board members Alexander Maksimchuk and Andrei Ionov spearheaded the efforts, with help from Ukraine 3000, to build a state of the art diagnostic center with the latest technology. Great things are possible!

 

However, now with the war, budgets have been cut to 20%, inflation and devaluation have reduced purchasing power to as little as 7%. The letter below from Dr. Sergiy Siromakha, MD, PhD, Administrative Director of the National Institute of  Cardiovascular Surgery, describes the situation as I also heard from neonatalists and neurosurgeons in Lviv, and orthopedic surgeons and private practitioners in Mukacheve.

 

Our goal is to ship containers full of common necessary items - gloves, sutures, syringes, caps, gowns, bedding, small instruments - directly to the hospitals and people we know and trust for the direct benefit of them and their patients. Large supply houses have offered to work with us to put together the most effective program. We hope to start with a $15,000 load of supplies.

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