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Development of voluntary emergency medical system in Ukraine

One of Ukraine’s developmental barriers is the low standard of the professional rescue services. Part of the rescue personnel is inadequately trained, there is not enough modern equipment and a lack of efficient management or links with volunteer services already operating on a micro-scale that could support professional rescuers. After the clashes at Maidan and given the situation in eastern Ukraine, many Ukrainians are interested in first aid. Private individuals, schools and institutions report their interest in training to rescue organisations. However, there is a shortage of instructors, training equipment and funds for training.

A problem for medical rescue services is that the legal regulations are poorly adjusted to reality. In Poland and in many other EU countries, there is the profession of medical rescuer with the relevant training standards, while the activity of volunteers is legitimate. The project is to be a form of lobbying for anticipated legal changes in the Ukrainian rescue system.

The project is a direct continuation of the activities financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in 2015-16, the effects of which point to the rationale of such initiatives.

The project addresses three problems in Ukraine:

  1. inefficiency of the medical rescue system in Ukraine, including inadequate legislation,
  2. not enough people and equipment to conduct training in first aid and to create voluntary groups of rescuers,
  3. inability to make use of the potential of people’s willingness to act.

Development of voluntary emergency medical system in Ukraine

In the years 2015 – 2016, teams of voluntary rescuers were created in seven towns in Ukraine: Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Kiev, Berehove, Yuzhnoukrainsk, Mariupol, Zaporozhye. In 2017 and 2018, teams of rescuers are to be created, trained and equipped in two new towns, while already existing groups are to be strengthened. Training will be held in basic and qualified first aid. For participants of the first editions of the project, a Master Class course and certification of Qualified First Aid will take place in Poland. Patrol commanders will take part in workshops on cooperation of rescuers. A course in first aid will be held in selected secondary schools. Six new patrols of rescuers a year (altogether 48 persons) will be provided with equipment necessary for medical operations and training. Groups of rescuers will be created next to Maltese structures and other organisations such as Caritas, scouts and local citizen groups.

An element of the project will be partial completion and furnishing of the logistic and training centre in Ivano-Frankivsk and the purchase of specialist trailers for rescue equipment. In addition, to test the volunteers in action, plans include joint Polish-Ukrainian exercises of rescuers and project participants taking part in medical services in Poland.

At the end of the project, an international conference will be organised in Kiev on volunteer rescue services, so as to present the Polish experiences and exert public pressure to introduce changes in Ukrainian legislation.

Development of voluntary emergency medical system in Ukraine

As a result of implementation of the project, the following results will be achieved:

  1. Outlines will be prepared for teaching first aid in schools and first aid courses will be started in five institutions.
  2. The training and rescue capacity of the Maltese Service of Ukraine will be strengthened through the transfer of equipment and partial refurbishment of the logistic and training centre. Upon project completion, the partner will be prepared to conduct independent training in basic first aid, thanks to which new volunteers can be recruited and voluntary rescue groups can be supplemented and expanded.
  3. 150 persons will acquire basic first-aid skills, 55 more persons skills in qualified first aid, while 38 persons skills in cooperation of rescuers.
  4. 15 persons will obtain a Qualified First Aid certificate in Poland (exam of the voivodeship consultant for rescue matters).
  5. Groups of medical rescuers will be established in Kamianets-Podilskyi, a town not covered by support until now.
  6. The teams of rescuers established in earlier years will be strengthened through training and additional equipment.

A result of the project will also be launching legislative changes related to the rescue system in Ukraine. Persons who have completed training will be able to serve as rescuers for many years. With the implementation of reform of the medical rescue system in Ukraine, they will form the potential personnel of the new rescue system. In addition, the project envisages that upon its completion, the partner will be prepared to independently continue training in basic first aid, thanks to which new volunteers can be recruited and voluntary rescue groups can be supplemented and expanded.