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A Systems Approach to Mental Health Interventions: Lessons for Ukraine

May 25, 2023 • 9:30 – 11:00 am EDT

Please join the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development for a conversation on the impact of the war on Ukraine's healthcare infrastructure, First Lady Zelenska's continued efforts to promote mental health, and the role that mental health will play in Ukraine's reconstruction, with keynote remarks provided by Ambassador Oksana Markarova. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 9.6 million Ukrainians will experience mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Efforts to address this challenge have been hampered by the Soviet legacy of Ukraine's highly centralized healthcare system, the impact of the pandemic, and the ongoing war. First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska highlighted the war's toll on mental health during her address to the 75th World Health Assembly. She has also been active in promoting mental health and the reduction of stigma surrounding mental health issues in Ukraine, most notably by launching the National Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programme, which focuses on helping Ukrainians to deal with war-related stress and the effects of experiencing traumatic events.  

Since June of 2022, CSIS has undertaken significant research and policy analysis on the economic future of Ukraine and convened a bipartisan and international Ukraine Economic Reconstruction Commission focused on the critical role of private sector investment in Ukraine's reconstruction. As part of the ongoing work of the Commission, CSIS has now undertaken efforts to analyze and address some of the main healthcare challenges that Ukrainians have been experiencing since 2014. 

This event was made possible through the generous support of University Research Co., LLC.


Romina Bandura
Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development
Headshot of Ambassador Oksana Markarova
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States
Dr. Regina Hechanova-Alampay

Dr. Regina Hechanova-Alampay

Chief of Party, USAID RenewHealth (Philippines)
Dr. Paul Bolton
Agency Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Coordinator, USAID