Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS): Ukraine Launch
We are delighted to invite you to the launch of ReLAB-HS in Ukraine.

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and resulting injuries have increased demand and highlighted the need for rehabilitation services. Ukraine inherited a centralized health care system from the Soviet Union that has been underbudgeted, heavily bureaucratic, and lacking in mechanisms that support transparency. Rehabilitation services have been based on the bio-medical model of disability and are not widely available at the community and primary health care levels. There is a lack of personnel qualified to provide assistive technology in the country, no National Priority Assistive Product List, and complicated procedures for obtaining assistive technology.

But Ukraine is undergoing significant health sector reform. The Ministry of Health is committed to implementing change, providing a crucial opportunity to ensure that rehabilitation services are part of broader health system reform. In addition, the Parliament of Ukraine passed the "About Rehabilitation in the Healthcare" law in 2020 to promote the integration of rehabilitation services across the continuum of healthcare. We are delighted to support this push for the integration of rehabilitation and assistive technology into health systems.

Attend our launch to hear from:
- Representatives from the Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine
- Representatives from USAID Washington DC and the Ukraine mission
- Dr. Abdulgafoor Bachani, Director, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and ReLAB-HS
- Satish Mishra, Technical Manager – Disability and Rehabilitation, WHO Regional Office for Europe

There will also be a panel discussion and time for questions from the audience.

We want to make this a positive experience for all participants. If you have particular access needs (visual impairment, dyslexia, deafness, etc.) please contact us at relabhsconsortium@gmail.com so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can.
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