Ukraine’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. Until 2016, JSI managed the USAID-funded Healthy Women of Ukraine program, which increased the use of modern contraceptives as an alternative to unintended pregnancies and associated abortions.
Through MEASURE Evaluation, JSI helped decrease the burden of tuberculosis in Ukraine in partnership with the Government of Ukraine, and national and international stakeholders. The project worked to improve the quality of TB services, including detection and treatment of TB and multi- and extensively-drug resistant TB (XDR-TB), as well as support prevention and treatment to counter the rapid growth of TB/HIV co-infection. The work continues under the TB-DIAH project.