Ukraine’s Healthcare System
  • Healthcare in Ukraine is funded by the State and, in theory, is free for all Ukrainian citizens. In reality, many physicians and medical facilities charge patients a fee for treatment, medication and medical supplies. Bribery is common practice in Ukraine’s healthcare system.  
  • Emergency care and surgical procedures often require pre-payment. This practice puts low income people, including orphans and children from disadvantaged families, at risk for inadequate healthcare.  
  • Doctors and nurses are in short supply due to low wages, leaving many hospitals understaffed.
  • Healthcare facilities are often outdated and lack basic medical supplies as well as modern medical equipment. Many hospitals do not even have food for patients.  
  • HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and alcoholism are rampant in Ukraine. 
  • Most orphans only receive medical care on an as-needed basis (i.e. illness or injury). Preventative care such as “well visit” checkups, dental screenings and routine dental cleanings is not common.  


Healthcare is a primary focus of UAC Ukraine. Many of the children that we serve have a wide range of medical needs. UAC strives to supply meaningful support in the fields of nutrition, basic medicine, psychology, orthopedics, reconstructive surgery, ophthalmology and dentistry. We have an emergency doctor on staff to respond to all urgent medical needs.

Medical Supplies Needed

  • First aid kits
  • Latex gloves
  • Surgical masks
  • Thermometers
  • N95 tuberculosis masks  
  • Electronic blood pressure cuffs
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Stethoscopes
  • Adult diapers
  • Underpads

* Due to Ukrainian customs regulations, UAC cannot import medicine or vitamins.