UkraineUkraine’s maternal mortality rate is 4-5 times higher than in neighboring European countries, with postpartum hemorrhage as the main cause of maternal death. In fact, the death rate from postpartum hemorrhage is 16 times higher in Ukraine than in the countries of the European Union.
About one-third of pregnancies in Ukraine end in abortion, mostly due to the ineffective use of modern family planning methods. Myths and misinformation about family planning are the major barriers to couples using modern contraception such as pills and IUDs.
JSI has been working in Ukraine since 1994 to increase access to high-quality maternal and newborn health care, women’s reproductive health care, and family planning services. Today, JSI manages the USAID-funded Healthy Women of Ukraine program, which is increasing the use of modern contraceptives as an alternative to unintended pregnancies and associated abortions.
In 2007, JSI helped found JSI Ukraine, an independently registered local nongovernmental organization. Over the years, JSI Ukraine has received funding from several public and private sector entities to work in maternal health and family planning. In April 2014, Merck for Mothers Global Giving Program awarded a three-year project to JSI Ukraine to reduce postpartum hemorrhage in two regions of the country. As larger international donors phase out health funding for Ukraine, JSI Ukraine’s ability to continue this work is critically important.
Learn more about JSI's impact in transforming the policy, practice, and culture around reproductive health and childbirth in Ukraine.
JSI improved family planning and reproductive health services in Ukraine by strengthening the capacity of several local NGOs to deliver effective, modernized care and promote behavior change around family planning practices.
With the support of the Together for Health project, a passionate NGO leader is using volunteers to reach adolescents in her community with messaging and information on family planning and reproductive health.
This three-year initiative was designed to leverage best practices in family planning with the goal of accelerating FP program implementation across the region, ultimately increasing modern contraceptive use and decreasing abortion rates.
A unique partnership helps youth from remote Ukrainian towns learn about modern family planning and reproductive health practices.
JSI rolled out key evidence-based medicine interventions, including family-friendly delivery rooms, reduction of amniotomies and episiotomies, free position during delivery, immediate breastfeeding, and the rooming-in of mothers and newborns.
JSI's Maternal and Infant Health Project teaches a new father in Ukraine the importance of skin-to-skin contact between parents and newborns.
JSI built technical capacity in both the public and private sectors to provide quality reproductive health and family planning services to reduce the number of abortions, unintended pregnancies, and incidence of sexually transmitted infections.
Kangaroo Mother Care teaches new parents how to provide the best care for preterm babies.
The Together for Health project helps design a sex-ed curriculum to meet the particular needs of orphans living in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
JSI's Maternal and Infant Health Project supports perinatal health services that change the lives of a young couple in Crimea, Ukraine.