HealthProm began working in Ukraine in 2015, with the launch of a small seed project designed to understand and progress the early intervention agenda in the country, and to develop a strategic approach to parent advocacy and peer support for families of children living with disabilities. Working with local partners, HealthProm organised a Parents Advocacy Strategy Meeting in Kiev. This event catalysed strong commitment from participants and led to the creation of the All-Ukrainian Parents Forum for Early Intervention (AUPFEI), which aims to bring together parent advocates to support the development of early intervention across Ukraine, and to enable dialogue with key stakeholders.
In 2016, we secured a grant from the European Commission to develop this work on advocacy. This project focuses on enabling parent-led civil society organisations to support the delivery of reforms that address the rights and needs of young children with disabilities in Ukraine A key feature of this work is strengthening the capacity of such organisations to better advocate on behalf of these children and to more effectively engage in policy dialogue.
HealthProm was subsequently awarded additional grants from UNICEF to extend this work to a further three regions in Eastern Ukraine, including some conflict-affected areas. The projects together cover a total of ten regions: Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Zakarpatia, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kyiv and Vinnitsiya.
Local partners: Charity Fund Early Intervention Institute, Kharkiv; National Assembly of People with Disabilities