The program was aimed at improving the standard of care for mothers and children and training medical staff in European standards and the latest national guidelines for patient care, including in war conditions. In the first edition, it was implemented in hospitals in Kiev, Dnipro, Chernihiv, Kharkov, Chernivtsi, Zaporozhye, Poltava and Lviv. In implementing the project, we cooperated with the Association of Neonatologists of Ukraine, the Ukrainian non-governmental organization "Early Birds", the National Health Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. To begin with, we equipped neonatal intensive care units with specialized medical equipment - neonatal resuscitation stations, patient monitors and two-syringe infusion pumps, and trained staff in how to use the devices. In each of the 10 hospitals, PMM conducted monthly stationary sessions for patients, increasing awareness of patient rights, newborn care and well-being, supplemented with regular online sessions. These sessions also discussed changes in the functioning of hospitals and medical services caused by the war in Ukraine, available medical packages within the National Health Service of Ukraine and possibilities of obtaining psychological support. The project also included a wide range of training for medical staff, including training on patient rights, communication with patients, four-day certified stationary medical training, among others. neonatal intensive care, post-resuscitation care and various perinatal problems of newborns and premature infants. Online training was conducted for medical staff from other hospitals in Ukraine, available on the popular Medvoice training platform.
Over the next 12 months, we will continue the project in another 10 hospitals: in Vinnitsa, Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Rivne, Uzhhorod and Kropyvnytskyi. They will benefit from a similar set of training courses for patients and medical staff, and they will be provided with equipment necessary to save the lives of newborns. Statistics collected during the first edition of the project show how much impact the improvement of the conditions in which they spend the first weeks of life has on the survival rate of newborns. For example, in one of the hospitals in Dnipro, mortality and treatment time in the neonatal intensive care unit decreased almost twice during the reporting period.