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Improving the diagnosis and management of non-communicable diseases

Launched in 2019 in partnership with the World Bank and the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, this initiative supports 4,000 primary healthcare professionals.

  • 4,000 clinicians across 25 oblasts

  • 95% of clinicians said that BMJ resources helped them improve patient care

  • 35% score improvement from 55% to 90% in BMJ Learning 

  • 35,000 BMJ Best Practice topic views

  • 454 translated modules and topics into Ukrainian

  • 25,000 BMJ Learning modules completed

“When practising in a country where medical and patient resources are scarce it is vital to prioritise treatments and interventions in the most cost-effective way. The BMJ resources are proven to be a great tool for saving hospital costs, helping me to prescribe or order the evidence-based medications or procedures only.”
Dr Oleksandr Nenashev, Primary Care Centre, Kyiv

Improved diagnosis and management of non-communicable diseases

Dr Kateryna Bliashyk, a rural village doctor in Ukraine uses BMJ’s resources to improve her decision-making at the point of care.  As the only doctor in her remote region, Dr Bliashyk can’t always get a second opinion from colleagues:

“I’m alone here. Sometimes I need to consult a colleague but there is no one except me. It’s been helpful to have good quality evidence-based resources from BMJ to help me make a decision at the point of care.”

In emergency situations, BMJ’s resources have been the doctor’s lifeline:

“One man called me and said, ‘I cut my hand, I don’t know what I have to do. It’s a long-distance and it’s evening time, so the regional clinic will be closed. What do I do?’ 

During university, I learned how to suture wounds but I hadn’t done it in a long time. I opened the BMJ Best Practice video on how to suture wounds. It refreshed my memory. He came to my clinic and I sutured his wound perfectly.”


Clinical staff engaged in continuing professional development

Dr Oleksandr Nenashev, a General Practitioner in Ukraine, uses the resources to improve his medical knowledge:

“I am very fond of BMJ Learning. I am using it a lot! Actually, I have gone through most of the existing primary care modules during the past 2 years. This is one of the best tools I know for getting CME credits in a most engaging and systematic way.

My weakest points as a primary care physician were some neurology and musculoskeletal physical exam diagnostic skills. By using excellent BMJ Learning materials and by constant practising, I was able to improve my competence in these fields.”

Our advocacy and expertise helps to strengthen national continuing professional development systems


Contact us to find out more about our work in primary healthcare strengthening

Ashley McKimm
Director of Partnerhsip Development