September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention

Country: Ukraine
Delegate Name: Allison Edwards

Allison Edwards – Forest Hills Northern High School
Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention

Pandemic preparedness is a global issue that has been brought to light by COVID-19. Ukraine has been put in a unique position as the nation tries to prioritize the health of its people while being at war with Russia.

Before COVID-19 Ukraine was not prepared to fight a pandemic. In order to combat this, Ukraine worked alongside the EU to mitigate the unpreparedness in many ways. Ukraine developed a new healthcare structure by following the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement which helped put new regulations in place to ensure the safety and health of citizens.
The Ukrainian Public Health Center (UPHC) was responsible for the handling of COVID-19 and other transmittable diseases.

Ukraine did not have a National Preparedness Plan regarding any pandemics, which caused issues during COVID-19. The UPHC was responsible for the handling of the pandemic as well as the Ministry of Health.
Ukraine plans to enact stronger measures regarding pandemic preparedness and still has a long way to go in preparing for pandemics.