Despite the fact that the public health system in Ukraine provides universal access to free health care to pregnant women, the maternal mortality ratio remains high and is approximately two to three times higher than that of most countries in Western Europe
In Ukraine, 2001 healthcare system reform which is based on international standards was approved. However its implementation seems to be questioned due to gaps in medical education system, economical problems and absence of civil society in Ukraine. Nowadays Ukraine is oriented on international standards in the field of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). This fact was positively accepted by healthcare officials and scientists. As a result SRHR issues were included in the curriculum for ob/gyn residents five years ago. Nevertheless the syllabus of this course has not been developed yet. This fact makes our project extremely urgent and important for Ukrainian society. Thus the main goal of this project is to work out and implement SRHR curriculum and guidelines in postgraduate education in Ukraine. This innovation will be successful because we have strong support and commitment of Ministry of Healthcare and Ministry of Education. After this project is implemented we do not need additional financial support because this course is the part of medical curriculum which is accepted and supported by Ministry of Healthcare.