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The largest nongovernmental project on involving civil health professionals in provision of medical assistance in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation

The legal foundation for PFVMH operation is a Memorandum of Cooperation dated Feb. 5, 2016, which was signed by the Health Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the PFVMH Charitable Foundation.

PFVMH doctors and auxiliary personnel act in the conflict area with a unique status of disaster medicine mobile party, and thus it is the only medical volunteer project so far that works in the ATO zone quite legally, according to Ukrainian legislation.

Over its continuous operation in the ATO zone, the PFVMH has provided timely and skilled medical care to over 10,000 patients. During 2014-2016, the hospital was stationed in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, namely in the cities of Bakhmut (formerly Artemivsk), Popasna, Zolote, Toretsk (formerly Dzerzhynsk), Troitske, Luhanske, Chasiv Yar, Novoaydar, Volnovakha and Schastya.

Eighty-eight of over 200 volunteers of the PFVMH, who worked in the ATO zone in 2014-2015, received a status of participant in combat operations, 22 were marked with state awards, and 77 were decorated with a medal “For Assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

In the fall of 2015, the PFVMH extended its activities to peaceful regions of Ukraine and performed unprecedented cardio screening in the Khmelnytsky region, which covered 22,433 persons in 565 localities.

We believe that our experience in combining the volunteer movement’s enthusiasm and flexibility with the state’s systemic and strategic approaches is turning the PFVMH into a unique project that is laying the foundations of future accessible and highly effective mobile medicine in Ukraine.

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