Supporting the Medical Education Reform in Ukraine

Projet terminé

A profound health reform is underway in Ukraine. The currently ill-prepared medical education system is a fundamental component of it. Training curricula are outdated and teaching staff lack essentials skills, capacities and motivation. This project supports the reform of the medical education system for family doctors and nurses, and the strengthening of competencies of healthcare managers. As a result, significant quality improvements of health care delivered to the population are expected.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Éducation sanitaire
Renforcement des systèmes de santé
01.05.2017 - 30.06.2023
CHF  5’330’000
Contexte The Ukrainian medical education system did not improve much in the last two decades. Training curricula are outdated and insufficiently evidence-based. Teaching staff lack essentials skills, capacities and motivation. Moreover, the professional potential of nurses remains largely unexploited. As a result, healthcare services delivered to the population are of poor quality. Since 2014, Ukraine embarked in a transformative reform process, which includes the development of human resources for health. The strategic orientation of the project is to strengthen the quality of education and career pathways of the primary healthcare workforce, as well as to increase the skills and competencies of healthcare managers in order to increase efficiency. SDC’s support aims at improving the performance of the medical education system at the under-graduate, post-graduate and continuing education levels, allowing primary healthcare staff to acquire the necessary clinical, technical and communication skills to provide medical services of better quality to the population.
Objectifs To provide quality primary healthcare services for a better health of the Ukrainian people and enhance efficiency of the health care system by improving the medical education system for primary healthcare workforce.
Groupes cibles

Direct beneficiaries: medical students of three universities, nurse students of medical colleges, residents/medical doctors, family doctors, teaching and managerial staff from universities and nursing schools.

Indirect beneficiaries: Ministry of Health with affiliated entities, medical training institutions, teachers and tutors, professional family doctors and nurses associations and local family doctors networks.

Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: Capacities and skills of primary healthcare staff (family doctors and nurses), are strengthened through an improved national medical education system.

Outcome 2: Performance and efficiency of healthcare services are improved through strengthened management capacities.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

• At policy level: at least two policies, strategies or regulatory documents related to medical education are elaborated and adopted.

• At institutional level: national and regional medical education institutions have strengthened their capacities.

• At practitioner level: annually, 1’500 medical students of three universities have benefitted from an improved under-graduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education system.

• Annually, 800 nurse students of three medical colleges have benefitted from improved nurse education.

• Annually, over 200 residents (medical doctors) have been enrolled in the two years family medicine specialisation program

• Over 500 family doctors and nurses working at primary health care level have benefitted annually from improved continuing medical education.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   A thorough assessment of the gaps of the current medical education system allowed gathering essential data and information to develop a solid baseline at the beginning of the planned phase.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération avec l'Europe de l'Est
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution universitaire et de recherche suisse
  • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Autres partenaires
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs The project aligns with the medical education reform agenda (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science and Education, National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education). A close coordination with other stakeholders involved in medical education will also be ensured (WB, WHO, USAID).
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    5’330’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    5’160’568
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.07.2023 - 30.06.2027   (Phase en cours)

Phase 1 01.05.2017 - 30.06.2023   (Completed)