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Ukraine: an e-voucher programme provides pregnant women with free healthcare

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Aleksandra was selected as a beneficiary of the health programme which enables vulnerable people to access free medicine through an e-vouchers system. © PUI/Viktoria Vernyhora

Since April 2014, the people of Eastern Ukraine have been confronted by armed conflict which heavily affects their day-to-day life. The closeness to the front line means that s the inhabitants of Avdiivka live in constant fear. Première Urgence Internationale, with support from the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, supports the health services which are deteriorating day after day because of a lack of means.

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by Viktoria Vernyhora, Communication Officer, PUI Ukraine @premiereurgence

Aleksandra, a thirty-eight-weeks pregnant woman, goes to a pharmacy which is part of Première Urgence Internationale’s health programme in Avdiivka. She holds in her hand an e-voucher given by her doctor. “I had learned that I would have to deliver through a C-section because of complications. I was not sure how to access to medication. The operation did not scare me so much; I was more worried about the cost of the medical procedure, of the monitoring and of the medication."

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© PUI/Viktoria Vernyhora

Aleksandra was selected as a beneficiary of the health programme which enables vulnerable people to access free medicine through an e-vouchers system. Pregnant or lactating mothers and children under five years old can benefit from free medication with this system of support for pharmacies and local hospitals. “I was relieved when I learned that I would receive a post-C-section kit for free,” explains Aleksandra.

 “Health services are very expensive in Ukraine and I already have to pay my rent. My little 2-and-a-half-year-old son and I had to move out. The bombing had seriously damaged our apartment. My wage barely covers our daily living costs. My son Dimitri was born in October, everything went well. He received medical monitoring too. He suffered from vitamin D deficiency and I could get a kit for free. I am really thankful for all the aid we received.

Aleksandra is one of the 4500 Ukrainian beneficiaries of Première Urgence Internationale’s health programme, she is now 22 years old and still lives in Avdiivka with her children. They are all well.

Last updated
15/11/2017