‘Promotion of Social Infrastructure Development - USIF.VIII’ Project
Implementation period: 2021 – 2024
Donor: German Government through KfW
Budget: EUR 13,10 mln.
Territory of implementation: Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv regions, districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions under control of Ukraine as well as other places as agreed by KfW and USIF.
Objectives: strengthening primary and secondary health care institutions’ capacities to counteract COVID-19 and pandemic consequences through energy-efficient renovation of their premises, supply of medical equipment and trainings for medical staff, heads of medical institutions as well as officials responsible for the health care sphere in partner communities and health care managers at the regional level
13 facilities (subprojects), including 6 primary health care facilities (outpatient clinics) and 7 secondary health care facilities (hospitals), located in Dnipropetrovsk (3), Donetsk (3), Zaporizhzhia (2),  Luhansk (4), and Kharkiv regions (1) were selected for implementation in July 2021.
In August 2021 USIF signed memoranda of cooperation with initial groups (subproject implementation partners) as well as owners and balance holders of all 13 medical institutions, participating in the Project.
In September-October, tenders were held to select providers of design and estimate documentation development services (DED), on the basis of which contracts with the winning bidders were concluded.
Until 23.02.2022 dynamic work to develop design and estimate documentation, prepare environmental and social management plans, examine facilities for asbestos-containing materials availability, assess and summarize the needs of partner medical institutions in equipment and capacity building activities was being carried out.
However, the russian aggression, which began on February 24, 2022, did not allow to continue the Project implementation as it had been intended initially.
Therefore, USIF Executive Committee, based on assessment of the security situation and in agreement with the donor representative (KfW Bank), in April 2022 decided to cease further implementation of 9 subprojects (SP) on the basis of medical institutions located in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions. Hence, the number of SPs for implementation was reduced to 4, listed below:
  • 27-12-1, outpatient clinic of Slobozhanske urban-type village primary health care center (PHCC), Dnipropetrovsk region;
  • 27-12-2, Kryvyy Rih city hospital No. 9, Dnipropetrovsk region;
  • 27-12-3, Kryvyi Rih infectious diseases hospital No. 1, Dnipropetrovsk region;
  • 28-23-12, outpatient clinic of Gulyaipole town PHCC, Zaporizhzhia region.
In view of reduction of SPs for implementation, it was decided, in agreement with KfW, to allocate a part of the Project funds in the amount of up to EUR 1 million to procurement of equipment for one of Lviv Kyiv hospitals and select additional subprojects for implementation in places, located outside the originally defined territory of the Project realization (Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia regions and districts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions  under control of Ukrainian Government).
In addition to that, USIF Supervisory Board at its meeting in July 2022 provided the  recommendation on arrangement of bombshelters/shelters in selected medical facilities, where it would be deemed possible and appropriate.
The current status of the Project implementation:
The development of DED for the objects of 3 subprojects located in the Dnipropetrovsk region is approaching completion. At the same time, DED  development for the object of SP in Zaporizhzhia region has been suspended by virtue of active hostilities in the adjacent territory.
On the basis of the appropriate recommendation of USIF Supervisory Board, contractors for development of design and cost estimate documentation for  arrangement of shelters/dual-purpose structures at the objects of SP 27-12-2 and SP 27-12-3 are being determined.
All necessary measures have been taken to supply high-value medical equipment to the specified Lviv hospital in the near future.
Environmental and Social Management Framework for the Project as well as Operation and Maintenance Concept for renovated objects and a viability plan pattern as an appendix to the Concept have been agreed upon by KfW and endorsed by USIF Executive Committee.  
It is planned to ensure execution of construction works at the facilities for which the DED has been developed and approved, select additional SPs for implementation and continue studying the needs of partner medical institutions, including newly selected ones, in equipment and measures to develop their potential.