Improving health care and social services in Eastern Ukraine

Project description

Title: Strengthening resources for the sustainable development of host communities in Eastern Ukraine
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ukraine
Lead executing agency: Ministry for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine (MTOT)
Overall term: 2019 to 2023


Eastern Ukraine has been the scene of armed conflicts since 2014. More than 1.4 million people seek protection in other regions of the country. Some 250,000 of them are registered as internally displaced persons in the Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya oblasts. Both the conflict and structural and historical deficits make it difficult to provide important public services.

Local institutions lack financial resources, necessary equipment and trained staff. In particular, medical and social services are not sufficiently geared to the needs of citizens. This is a distinctive problem for disadvantaged groups such as internally displaced persons or elderly people, who are dependent on these services.


Relevant local stakeholders and institutions of partner municipalities offer better, needs-oriented social and medical services.


The project is committed to helping selected municipalities and public institutions in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya oblasts to offer better medical and social services to more than a million people.

Together with the project, the municipalities are developing strategies to establish sustainable health and social services that are geared towards the actual needs of the local population.

The project procures the necessary equipment to implement the developed measures. In addition, it invests in training skilled workers in health care and social services, providing them with further training courses in which they learn to perform their technical and entrepreneurial tasks professionally and organise their work more effectively.

State and non-state institutions work together here to achieve the set goals. Moreover, the population is also invited to participate in planning future social and medical services.

Last update: August 2021