JSI began working in Ukraine in 1994 to strengthen the health system after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Our health system strengthening work in Ukraine has included shaping the policy and regulatory environment, improving the quality of service delivery, strengthening the supply chain, improving health financing, and more.
The cornerstone of our approach has been to partner with government and civil society stakeholders to develop lasting solutions to public health challenges. For more than 15 years, JSI led a series of USAID-supported programs that helped reduce Ukraine’s maternal mortality rate and improve women’s access to and use of modern methods of family planning.
Under the USAID Healthy Women of Ukraine program (2011-2016), JSI worked with the government of Ukraine to improve the policy and regulatory environment for family planning and reproductive health. JSI provided technical support for national family planning and reproductive health policy reviews, worked with private sector providers, and revised pre-service training curriculum, which embraced inclusion of NGOs organized by women with disabilities and other marginalized populations. To address supply chain challenges, JSI monitored contraceptive security including on-going expenditures analysis and related reporting. The program contributed to increased awareness of and access to high-quality FP/RH services. Overall, the program’s comprehensive strategy helped increase the use of modern contraception methods and reduced rates of unintended pregnancies and abortion across Ukraine.
Through the USAID-supported MEASURE Evaluation, JSI helped decrease the burden of tuberculosis in Ukraine in partnership with the government and national and international stakeholders. The project improved the quality of TB services, including detection and treatment of TB and multi- and extensively-drug resistant TB (XDR-TB), and supported prevention and treatment to counter the rapid growth of TB/HIV co-infection. The work continues today under the USAID-supported TB-DIAH project.