Launch of the report "Evaluation of structure and provision of primary care in Ukraine"

The WHO Primary Care Evaluation Tool (PCET) aims to provide strategic information on primary care organization based on a methodology that characterizes a good primary care system as comprehensive, accessible, coordinated and integrated, and that ensures continuity. The methodology also recognizes that all health system functions outlined in the WHO Framework are taken equally into consideration to improve the overall health system: the financing, the service delivery, the human resources and other resources such as appropriate facilities, equipment and drugs, and finally that all necessary legal frameworks and regulations are in place and the system is steered by the right “leader”. It thus offers a structured overview of the strengths and weaknesses of a country’s organization of primary care services, including the voice of the professionals and patients concerned, to interested policy-makers and stakeholders.

In 2009, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, supported by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL), evaluated primary care in Ukraine using PCET methodology. The results of the study are published in the final report "Evaluation of structure and provision of primary care in Ukraine". A national conference to launch the report was organized in Kiev on 15 December 2010.

The report offers an evidence based overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization of primary care services in Ukraine, and provides a framework for policy development. Recommendations pertaining to human resources capacity, organization of service delivery, financing and leadership will help policy makers in Ukraine to further strengthen the primary care contribution to better health of the population.