This year’s UMAUK Annual Conference took place yesterday at the Institute of Neurology, UCL (University College London). 

Doctors, nurses, clinical researchers, academics, procurement consultants of Crown Agents (UK), representatives of Lviv Business School (Ukraine), fundraisers, British-Ukrainian Aid, business management consultants (UK, Switzerland), UK Government officials, diplomats of the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK, Transparency International and members of the general public came together to discuss important issues concerning the health care reform in Ukraine.

Dr Roman Cregg, a consultant from the Institute of Neurology (UCL) and the president of UMAUK opened the conference. 

Dr Uliana Suprun, Health Minister of Ukraine delivered an address via Skype. She told participants about the difficulties and obstacles in fighting corruption in health care and highlighted many positive achievements in reforming health care in Ukraine. 

Sara Harris Steingruber from Transparency International discussed tackling corruption in healthcare by applying open contracting as a reformative measure.

Professor Helen Minnis from Glasgow University talking about reforming orphanages in Scotland while Dr Christina Mohr Jensen of the University of Aalborg highlighted  some points on clinical guidelines in healthcare.

Dr Oksana Souter (PhD) presented a case study on private-public partnership in healthcare, highlighting opportunities and challenges. 

Anna Lysakova and Elena Batynskaya, volunteers in Ukraine talked via Skype about the implementation of the Social Adaptation and Rehabilitation Programme for war veterans (in Ukraine). It was interesting to learn from Sophia Cox about how an art-therapy can be used as means of dealing with trauma for ex-combatants.

The conference ended with Rainer-Elk Anders’s moving talk about surreality and hardship of every day life in a war zone.

Two exhibitions were presented during the conference: “Humanitarian Crisis and Medical Aid on the Front

Lines” (photographs from the ATO zone by Dr Rainer-Elk Anders) and 

War that changed Rondo” (book illustrations of two Ukrainian artists from Lviv, Romana Romanyshyn and Andrij Lesiv). The latter exhibition was organised by Sophia Souter (15), a pupil at Haileybury College.

Many thanks to Dr Denis Ugrin,  Nadiya Kravchuk, Olesya Kovyzhenko, Galina Boggis-Rolfe, Yulia Zinchin, Dr Tetyana Vovnyanko and many other UMAUK members for organizing  and taking an active part in this wonderful event.

Dr. Oksana Souter (PhD)


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