A maternity hospital reopened in Melitopol on 25 May, renovated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The maternity hospital, which was first opened in 1945, is now a modern medical institution, providing medical care services to more than 5,000 patients a year, including to internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
From now on, pregnant women and their newborns in Zaporizhzhia Oblast will be able to benefit from a wide range of maternity services and a team of obstetricians, gynecologists, midwives, nurses, and other experts in women’s and children’s health at a newly upgraded and modernised maternity hospital.
“It is unconscionable that globally, around 800 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. This hospital demonstrates that Ukraine is moving in the right direction in turning this around,” said UNDP Resident Representative Dafina Gercheva.
The overhaul was carried out under Ukraine’s Early Recovery Programme with a loan from the European Investment Bank, and with the technical oversight of the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine and local authorities. The total budget of the project in Mariupol is more than 63 million hryvnias, including 52.6 million from the EIB.
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