News, 05/04/2018

NATO Experts Help Military Amputees in Kharkiv

The NATO Trust Fund supporting the medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian military personnel has launched a two-year educational program in Prosthetic and Orthotic in Kharkiv.

The organizers indicate that this is a bachelor degree program. The master’s program, certified by the International Society of Prosthetists and Orthotists, is to be launched in future.

The project is aimed at training specialists, certified by the Society, according to the international standards. The major purpose of it is to bring the medical services and rehabilitation, provided to amputated military servicemen and women, into conformity with international standards.

This program is hosted by the Kharkiv Prosthetic and Orthotic Research Institute, while the academic part is realized in the Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics with supervision from the German School of Rehabilitation Sciences.

“Since the beginning of the war in the east of Ukraine in 2014, the number of amputees has grown significantly,” the NATO Trust Fund reports. More than 500 wounded military personnel have benefited from the Fund’s services since 2015. Also, about 2,000 medical practitioners have been trained. The Trust Fund promoted drafting the new law on Medical Rehabilitation and introducing new medical professions such as Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Prosthetist.

Medical rehabilitation was defined as one of the key areas for developing practical cooperation with Ukraine by NATO-Ukraine Commission after the Wales Summit in 2014. The objectives include not only providing Ukrainians with rapid access to medical recovery care but also helping Ukraine to get its services sustainable.

Reference: The NATO program is being implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: NSPA