Antin KUSHNIR, Ukraine
PROJECT: Improvement of the Ukrainian Academy of Paediatrics accountability and link to its target groups by supporting care givers of the children with chronic diseases via Parent’s Initiative Social Accelerator

Specialized in Pediatrics, Behavioral Care, and Public Health, Antin has demonstrated professional experience in the medical practice as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)  In his capacity as a Director General at the Anna Mazurenko Children’s Health Center and Med Park medical center, he runs physical and mental health programs as an integrative model of care and applies destigmatized approaches for children’s and adults’ mental care. Previously, he served as a member of the board of the Ukrainian Association for Ukrainian Telemedicine and eHealth Development. Antin is a co-founder of a Non-Governmental Organization Ukrainian Academy of Paediatrics – a national branch of the European Academy of Paediatrics. He is a member of international associations and professional networks, including the U.S. State Department Fellowship, the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program etc.

Antin holds a Doctoral degree of Medicine (M.D.) in Pediatrics Residency Program from the Lviv National Medical University and an M.P.A. in Public Health from the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine. He attended various professional training at the leading international medical research institutions, including Vienna School on Clinical Research (Austria).

As an EaP Civil Society Fellow, I intend to bring theory into practice and I will focus my following career steps on improving families’ experience in respect to access, understanding and advocacy for their needs, especially for the parents of children with chronic diseases. I am considering the Fellowship as being a tremendous opportunity to promote Ukrainian Academy of Paediatrics collaborative activities within parent’s communities.” – Antin KUSHNIR

Improvement of the Ukrainian Academy of Paediatrics accountability and link to its target groups by supporting care givers of the children with chronic diseases via Parent’s Initiative Social Accelerator

The project aimed to create and launch a Parents’ Initiatives Social Accelerator (PISA) – a training model to trigger and facilitate collaborative involvement of families with their professional counterparts (pediatricians and family doctors). To achieve the latter objective, Antin created a communication/collaborative platform for the parents of children with chronic diseases and their doctors. The interactive training and meetings were tailored to build mutual understanding among mothers and fathers with different initiatives selected for the project.

The action equipped target groups with relevant information and tools to build organizational and communication strategies; Also, the project raised public awareness about the medical and rehabilitation methods. Overall, the engaged adults advanced their access to medical services provided by health care professionals. Thus, the parents became more aware of the behavioral change specifics and learned how to adhere to therapies and modify behavioral risk factors of their children.

Fellowship Programs 2018
Country Ukraine
Areas of Interest Advocacy
Awareness raising
Topics Health
Project duration June 2018 - November 2018