On Monday, July 20, the first meeting of the sectoral working group of the Ministry of Health with representatives of international organizations providing assistance to Ukraine in the field of healthcare took place. Thus, a platform for the coordination of international technical assistance within the Ministry of Health was created.
“This is a constituent meeting of the sectoral working group, with the main task to develop cooperation between the Ministry of Health and the international community, ensure coordination of the Ministry’s action plans and donor plans, as well as monitor sectoral reforms and the role of donor organizations,” stressed Minister of Health Maxym Stepanov.
The co-chairs of the sectoral working group have been appointed Ihor Ivashchenko, Deputy Minister for European Integration; and on behalf of international partners – Dr. Jarno Habicht, Head of the WHO Office in Ukraine.
Today’s meeting of the group was held online, and in addition to the leadership of the Ministry of Health, it was attended by representatives of almost 30 international organizations, including the WHO Office in Ukraine, the UN Office in Ukraine, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank and the Global Fund, the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, as well as embassies of different countries.
Following the meeting, the parties agreed to establish thematic subgroups that are responsible for priority areas of work. Apart from representatives of the Ministry of Health, subgroups will involve experts from state institutions and enterprises subordinated to the Ministry, representatives of relevant ministries, independent experts, etc.
The first meetings of the thematic subgroups are scheduled for August.