Paving the Road in Ukraine for High-Quality Mental Health Care

Ukraine has passed a new National Mental Health Action Plan, paving the way for better mental health care in the country. The new plan, which was approved by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers in October 2021, would involve the integration of mental health services into general health care and the creation of community-based mental health teams. 

At the outset of Ukraine’s healthcare reform, the integration of mental health services into primary care was identified as a key area. The WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims to attain universal health coverage by scaling up mental health treatments in non-specialized health settings, such as primary health care. 

With the support of the Norwegian Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, WHO and Ukraine’s Ministry of Health held a second series of sessions for trainers on the clinical management of common mental health conditions in primary health care settings, in response to a growing demand for national mhGAP trainers. 

WHO and partners have trained and supervised over 370 primary health care workers, translated and adapted mhGAP tools, and piloted mhGAP interventions in selected regions of Ukraine as of October 2021. More than 400 000 individuals now have access to high-quality mental health services, and WHO will continue to provide further supervision to new mhGAP trainers.