Regional Report Ukraine
With this letter the Ukrainian Council for Patients' Rights and Security would like to inform you that on the 11th of July 2006 a very important event took place: the first inter-departmental Task Force Meeting on improving the Palliative care legislative acts. The All-Ukrainian Council for Patients' Rights and Security initiated the formation of the task force group. It was established by the order of the Ministry of Health and consists of 21 experts.
These experts represent the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs, the state administration of the capital Kyiv (Kiev), the state administration of the Tscherkassy oblast, the Bio-ethic Association, the network of people living with HIV /AIDS, and the governmental as well as non-governmental palliative care organisations.
For the first time in Ukraine, this Council succeeded in uniting the efforts of governmental as well as non-governmental institutions to create the necessary legislative basis for systematic introduction of palliative care in Ukraine.
The meeting of 11, July 2006 was opened by Mrs. Raisa Moiseenko, the Director of the Department of Medical Care Organisation and Development. Her speech was followed by that of Prof. Valentine Kulynitschenko, the Vice-President of Bio-ethic Association, and thereafter by Prof. Vitally Ekzarkhow, the head physician of the "Hospice" Palliativ Medicine Center, Kharkiw, who reported on the actual state of the palliative movement in Ukraine. The subsequent discussions were concluded with the following objectives:
The All-Ukrainian Council for Patients' Rights and Security is oriented to the introduction of European standards of quality for palliative care services. We acknowledge the great experience of the IDEA in the field of palliative care, and it would be very important for us to receive technical assistance from your institutions and establish a fruitful collaboration between our organizations. We constantly need international experts and their advice on the development of the palliative care in Ukraine. We ask you to disseminate this information among other organizations working in the field of palliative care and interested in developing cooperation with Ukraine.
Ukrainian Council for Patients' Rights and Security