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05.29.2024

Project HOPE Reconstructs Primary Health Clinic in Izyum, Ukraine

Go inside a renovated clinic Project HOPE restored near the Russian border in Ukraine.

By Artem Murach

On September 10, 2022, a little more than six months after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began, the city of Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast was de-occupied from Russian forces. During occupation, 80% of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed, with many health facilities affected.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Health reports that, across the country, 177 medical facilities have been completely destroyed and 1,500 health facilities have been damaged by Russian attacks.

Izyum Primary Health Care Center was badly damaged, affecting health workers’ ability to provide care to surrounding communities. In coordination with the Kharkiv Regional State Administration and the Ministry of Health, and with funding and support from Rolls-Royce PLC, Project HOPE launched a reconstruction project to rebuild an outpatient clinic damaged by shelling that would improve health care access for nearly 38,000 people.

After five months and $200,000 invested into this project, our team replaced windows, doors, and the roof while installing an elevator, making necessary repairs, and refurbishing the space to ensure it could meet the needs of the local community.

A before image of damage at the Izyum Primary Health Care Center in Izyum, Ukraine. Photo by Oleksii Kozodaiev for Project HOPE, 2023.
A before image of damage at the Izyum Primary Health Care Center in Izyum, Ukraine. Photo by Oleksii Kozodaiev for Project HOPE, 2023.

On April 23, 2024, the newly rehabilitated clinic began a new chapter in its life. “To all the people, to all the guests, to all the doctors, I want to thank you all for doing everything you can,” said Ivan Syrovatko, Project HOPE’s Strategy Director in Ukraine, at the clinic’s launch event. “And regardless of the injustice around you, you go forward and make a difference.”

“I am grateful to Project HOPE for the invaluable support you have provided since the liberation of our city from the Russians,” said Yulia Vrodzinska, Director of the Izyum City Primary Health Care Center. “You helped rebuild the clinic and provided new premises so that our community could receive medical care that is convenient, affordable, and comfortable.”

An after image showing Project HOPE’s reconstruction work at Izyum Primary Health Care Center. Photo by Oleksii Kozodaiev for Project HOPE, 2024.
An after image showing Project HOPE’s reconstruction work at Izyum Primary Health Care Center. Photo by Oleksii Kozodaiev for Project HOPE, 2024.

After opening remarks and an official ribbon cutting ceremony, community members were able to take a tour of the updated rooms and see the impact of Project HOPE’s reconstruction process. The clinic is now operational with two family doctors ready for appointments.

“I really want to thank you,” said Valery Dzyuba, Deputy Head of the Kharkiv Regional Council. “Despite the security situation, you are here with us today, you are with us every day, and I hope that we will have more really powerful projects that we implement together.”

To date, Project HOPE has completed construction projects in 17 buildings within 12 health care facilities across Ukraine — in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Kharkiv oblasts — that serve over 400,000 patients a year.

As we look forward, Project HOPE’s construction team is focused on a renovation project at the rehabilitation department of the Mykolaiv Regional Clinical Hospital to ensure that more people can access high-quality health care.

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