Unite with Ukraine’s coordinator of medical initiatives at the Ukrainian World Congress, Dr. Olesya Vynnyk participated in the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Copenhagen, Denmark as a representative of Ukraine where she addressed an audience of more than 3000 delegates.
During her talk, Dr. Vynnyk discussed the challenges of implementing quality standards and patient safety into the daily practice of medical workers during war time, the extreme challenges currently facing Ukraine both in the medical sector and in infrastructure, as well as educating the crowd on the work of Unite with Ukraine both in the scope of tactical medicine and institutional medicine.
“Today, 447 days following the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, I'm working as the medical coordinator of the Ukrainian World Congress, and our "Unite with Ukraine" initiative has some clear goals on how we can help the patients. We empower the Ukrainian Armed Forces with proper individual first aid kits and combat trauma medic backpacks, support civilian facilities and populations in need, and try to help Ukrainian physicians as they attempt to improve professionally. A part of our work in the international medical arena has resulted in a substantial educational project in collaboration with the top clinic in Latin America to train Ukrainian physicians and aid them in their mission to gain new skills and improve the level of care that they can provide to their patients. That's the kind of active friendship and understanding that Ukraine needs the most during these darkest days. In collaboration with other volunteer initiatives and the government of Ukraine, we are attempting to understand the most efficient and effective way to provide the best possible care for our people.”
To end her address, Dr. Vynnyk reminded the audience that Russia’s genocidal war on Ukraine is not over, and that the only solution is complete international isolation of the Russian Federation. “No statements or positions that declare that "medicine is beyond politics" or "we remain neutral" are ever acceptable. To willingly and knowingly remain silent and passive in light of these atrocities and the suffering inflicted by the Russian government on Ukraine's innocent population makes Russian academia equally accountable for the crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated by their government and military in Ukraine today. Consequently, the complete international isolation of the Russian Federation is the only choice before us today. Only this will prove to them that there is no place for their disgusting aggression in the 21st century.”