The Ukrainian local health system is facing a major challenge in the post-operative recovery and rehabilitation of patients injured during heavy shelling and hospitals are overcrowded with patients with amputations.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, the need for physiotherapists doubled during the war. In addition, the Ukrainian health system doesn't have enough skills and capacity: partly because it hasn’t traditionally been an area of focus of the system.
Since August, MSF has been running a rehabilitation project for war-wounded patients in the Vinnytsia region, Ukraine. We support Trauma and Rehabilitation wards in Ukrainian hospitals in Kyiv and Vinnytsia by providing staff training and physiotherapy sessions for trauma war-wounded patients. This includes a range of specific health services people with physical impairments may require, from diagnosis, treatment, assistive devices, and physical therapy.
Vadym Parfenyuk, MSF physiotherapist
Vadym is the first Ukrainian specialist to join the team of MSF physiotherapists in Vinnytsia. Among his patients are conflict-wounded patients. Mostly, with limb amputations.