Odesa-based rehabilitation centre of the RECOVERY national network founded by Victor and Olena Pinchuk hosted a three-day workshop with master classes for multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams from the RECOVERY’s partner centres. The Evidence-Based Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine training was designed to help the Ukrainian professionals gain new knowledge and improve their skills in evidence-based medical rehabilitation.
The line-up with over 130 doctors from the centres of the RECOVERY national network learnt about the latest rehabilitation trends and practices and took part in hands-on master classes on the cutting-edge equipment installed in the newly opened RECOVERY centre in Odesa. The speakers were versed Ukrainian rehabilitation therapists, as well as professionals who already had experience in operating the modern equipment at the RECOVERY centre in Dnipro.
Businessman Victor Pinchuk, the founder of the project, attended the training session in Odesa during the first day. He emphasised that, in addition to building a national network of RECOVERY innovative rehabilitation centres for the military, the goal of the project was to develop the rehabilitation medicine in Ukraine, with much attention to be paid to training multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams, as the quality and time of recovery of the wounded defenders depend on the qualifications and skills of medical professionals.
“Our goal is to help the military as quickly and effectively as possible. Our defenders need to know that they will be taken care of back home and that we will do everything we can to help them restore their health and wellness. That is why my wife Olena and I decided to drive the development of the rehabilitation medicine in Ukraine and rehabilitation professionals in particular. Ukrainian rehabilitation therapists used to have limited experience, but in the near future we will have the best specialists who will be able to share their knowledge with foreign professionals,” said Victor Pinchuk, the founder of the RECOVERY project.
Rehabilitation gives the soldiers a chance to recover, providing them with the necessary support in the recovery process. After all, one of the objectives of the RECOVERY project is to help defenders integrate into society after traumatic experiences.
“Today maximum knowledge, skills, equipment, and simulators are at the core of the effective rehabilitation of the military. But without trained professionals, even the top-notch equipment will not perform its functions, so we need to transfer medical experience, share knowledge, and build understanding of the rehabilitation of wounded patients,” said Oleksandr Ahranov, a training participant, a physical and rehabilitation medicine doctor at the RECOVERY centre.
The RECOVERY project is set to continue training rehabilitation therapists and organise international training programmes to enable sharing of knowledge and practices with professionals from partner countries.
The mission of the RECOVERY project is to develop the rehabilitation sector in the medical care system to help the military in Ukraine. The project builds a national network of rehabilitation centres for severely wounded soldiers, run international training programmes for rehabilitation specialists, provide sophisticated prosthetic care to soldiers abroad where this is not possible to do it in Ukraine, and ensures quality rehabilitation of soldiers in private partner clinics.
To date, the RECOVERY national network have opened two innovative rehabilitation centres for wounded soldiers in Odesa and Dnipro. The patients are already undergoing the treatment they need on the cutting-edge equipment. In 2023, the national network will launch ten RECOVERY innovative rehabilitation centre on sites of state hospitals in Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk (two centres), Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa (two centres), Rivne, Khmelnytsky, and Cherkasy Oblasts. Every year more than 11,000 patients will be able to benefit from the rehabilitation assistance at RECOVERY centres.