How battered and bruised may Ukraine emerge post Covid-19? Wednesday 22 April

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 22 April, 6pm

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The event is free. We suggest a voluntary donation of £5 for those able to support the Institute. Donations can be made via JustGiving.

Ukraine may see a 4% GDP decrease in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19 on its economy. Unemployment is growing, the healthcare system is under severe strain and many are concerned about how Ukraine will recover from this crisis.

Dr Ulana Suprun, former acting Minister of Health of Ukraine, and Andy Hunder, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, will discuss the challenges Ukraine faces today in the fight against the virus, and the difficulties that the country may encounter post Covid-19.

The event will be in English, and will be moderated by Svitlana Pyrkalo, Trustee of Ukrainian Institute London.

This will be an online webinar via Zoom. If you have any issues registering for the event via Zoom, please email Maria Montague at montague@ukrainianinstitute.org.

Speakers bios

Andy Hunder is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, representing more than 600 US and international investors and corporate members. A native Londoner, Andy was a TV presenter on a leading Ukrainian television channel. He headed the Public Relations department at Ukrainian Mobile Communications (now Vodafone Ukraine) and subsequently was External Affairs and Communications Director at GlaxoSmithKline with responsibility for Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Hunder was the director of the Ukrainian Institute London regularly delivering analysis and comment on Ukrainian current affairs on BBC, CNN, SKY, Bloomberg TV, ITV, Al Jazeera and others. He has spoken on Ukrainian affairs at the UK Houses of Parliament, House of Lords, Oxford University, London School of Economics and University College London. He currently serves as Treasurer of AmChams in Europe, the umbrella organizationfor American Chambers of Commerce in 43 countries throughout Europe accounting for more than $ 1.1 trillion in investment on both sides of the Atlantic. Andy is a member of Ukraine’s Business Ombudsman Council, National Reforms Council and National Investment Council.

Ulana Suprun, M.D. is currently heading up the NGO ArcUA, a newly formed Ukrainian think tank providing analysis, research and creating solutions in the spheres of healthcare, media and government relations, national security and culture.

Dr. Suprun served as the acting Minister of Health of Ukraine from July 2016 until August 2019. She is the founder and former director of the NGO Patriot Defence, founder of the School for Rehabilitation Medicine at the Ukrainian Catholic University, and former director of Humanitarian Initiatives for the Ukrainian World Congress.

During her time as Minister, Dr. Suprun and her team passed a sweeping healthcare transformation into law. This transformation repealed the failed Soviet system, and replaced it with a modern system based on international best practices. The new system focuses on primary care, provides state insurance for every Ukrainian citizen, establishes a guaranteed package of healthcare services, increasing healthcare workers’ salaries to market levels, cuts corruption and bribes in the medical system, and offers a reimbursement for medicines program for patients suffering from chronic diseases. As an indication of its success, over the course of one year, more than 28 million Ukrainians signed up for the new healthcare system.