Switzerland and WHO are working for a healthier Ukraine
Swiss Cooperation Office, WHO Office in Ukraine, and Ukrainian Ministry of Health launched project "Noncommunicable diseases: prevention and health promotion in Ukraine"
A joint four-year project is to promote healthy lifestyle and reduce non-communicable diseases, particularly among schoolchildren, Uriadovyi Kurier.
Swiss partners are to allocate $ 4 mln of funding. In total, Switzerland plans to provide $ 13 mln for healthcare projects, said Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office Guido Beltran.
According to the Dorit Nitzan WHO representative in Ukraine, eight out of ten people suffer from noncommunicable diseases. "Some of them can be prevented if stick to simple principles: healthy nutrition, physical activity, smoking restrictions and so on. However, it is easy to say but difficult to do. For example, the more poorer person is, the less healthy food she can afford. Or imagine, we are talking about prevention of noncommunicable diseases with the people who live in the zone of conflict and face serious risks, " she claimed.
Dorit Nitzan added that the main goal of the joined work is to reduce the levels of cardiovascular disease by 25% by the end of the program. The pilot regions, where the program will be implemented, are Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, Poltava, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv.
"The project aims to work primarily with risk factors. One of its key tasks is strengthening primary care," said the Deputy Minister of Health Ihor Perehinets.
Every year non-communicable diseases are the cause of death 86% of Ukrainians. Among the most frequent non-communicable diseases are cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease. These ailments are combined with so-called behavioral risk factors: cigarettes, alcohol, junk food, low physical activity.
Today an average Ukrainian family physician spends for over 70% of his time on paper work due to lack of information technology and software, through which, in particular, it would be easier to work with statistics. About 90% of the health problems of the patient cares are treated by the family doctor; this is the world index. In Ukraine this percentage is about 50% for the countryside, and for cities it is even less.
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