UNDP and Canada support digitalization of health care infrastructure in Ukraine

Together we delivered essential computer equipment to the Public Health Centre of Ukraine

August 17, 2023

Victry Anya, Second Secretary, Development, Embassy of Canada to Ukraine (left); Maria Karchevych, Deputy Minister for Digital Development, Digital Transformation and Digitalization, Ministry of Health of Ukraine (centre); and Jaco Cilliers, Resident Representative, UNDP in Ukraine (right).

Photo credit: Andrii Krepkykh / UNDP in Ukraine

Kyiv, 17 August 2023 — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is supporting the Public Health Centre of Ukraine (PHC) to procure computer equipment to enable the proper and timely operation of a comprehensive electronic patient database.

In the digital transformation era, where data is key to informed decision-making, this initiative is poised to ensure the availability of accurate patient information. To make this transformation possible, it is crucial to supply PHC oblast offices with the necessary equipment. In response to a request from the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, UNDP and Canada have come together to equip this essential institution with 50 laptops and licensed software.

The computer equipment is earmarked for specific deployment in areas grappling with war-related challenges and significant patient influxes, reaching out to vulnerable categories, including internally displaced persons and civilians affected by the hostilities in Chernihiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, and Sumy oblasts and the city of Dnipro.

Sean Boyd, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine, emphasized the dedication of the Government of Canada to support healthcare in Ukraine in the face of war. “We are proud to partner with UNDP and the Government of Ukraine to advance digital transformation in healthcare,” he said. “Through the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, we are delighted that much needed computer equipment will be given to medical institutions in communities affected by war, for the provision of timely and crucial digital health services.”

Jaco Cilliers, UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine, said that UNDP – together with its partners – is committed to supporting health care providers nationwide to deliver high-quality services, especially during these challenging times. “We are not just supplying laptops; we are extending a lifeline for improved health care delivery,” he said. “In partnership with Canada, we are providing Ukraine’s health care professionals with the tools they need to save lives, enhance patient care, and steer the country toward a healthier future.”


The computer equipment was procured and delivered by UNDP in Ukraine in the framework of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with financial support from the Government of Canada.

Eleven international partners are supporting the Programme: the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.

Media inquiries: Yuliia Samus, UNDP Ukraine Head of Communications; e-mail: yuliia.samus@undp.org