Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH) is the largest nongovernmental project involving civil health professionals in the provision of medical assistance in the zone of Joint Forces Operation (formerly “Anti-Terrorist Operation”), which is carried out in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. The project is implemented by the Charitable Foundation “Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital” in cooperation with the Health Ministry of Ukraine, the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with support from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
The legal foundation for PFVMH operation is the Memorandum of Cooperation dated Feb. 5, 2016, which was signed by the Health Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the PFVMH Charitable Foundation.
The procedure for PFVMH doctors and auxiliary personnel to enroll in the mobile hospital and work in the JFO zone is guided by Order of the Health Minister of Ukraine No. 814, dated Apr. 27, 2018. This makes the PFVMH presently the only medical project that acts in the JFO zone in full compliance with Ukrainian legislation.
During its operation in the ATO/JFO zone, the PFVMH has provided timely and skilled medical care to over 56,000 patients. The hospital has been stationed in 49 locations in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts – in cities and villages as well as in the field and at checkpoints on the contact line.
Eighty-eight of nearly half a thousand volunteers of the PFVMH, who worked in the ATO zone in 2014-2018, received the status of participant in combat operations, and hundreds were granted the status of war participant, 80 were marked with state awards, 141 were decorated with a medal “For Assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” 22 with the Defense Ministry’s “Badge of Honor,” nine with a badge “For Meritorious Service to the Armed Forces of Ukraine” awarded by the Chief of General Staff / Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and five with received a badge of “Defender of Ukraine” from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
In the fall of 2015, the PFVMH extended its activities to peaceful regions of Ukraine and performed unprecedented cardio screening in the Khmelnytsky region, which covered 22,433 persons in 565 localities.
Day-to-day management of the mobile hospital is carried on by a team of six persons led by the PFVMH President. A Board of Trustees supports PFVMH activities, protecting its volunteer medics’ rights and representing its interests to the medical and political communities.
We believe that our experience in combining the volunteer movement’s enthusiasm and flexibility with the state’s systemic and strategic approaches is turning the PFVMH into a unique project that is laying the foundations of future accessible and highly effective mobile medicine in Ukraine.