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Expanding Access to Health: A Project for Ukraine

September 16-25, 2016

About Ukraine

Europe's second largest country, Ukraine is a land of wide, fertile agricultural plains, with large pockets of heavy industry in the east. While Ukraine and Russia share common historical origins, the west of the country has close ties with its European neighbors, particularly Poland, and Ukrainian nationalist sentiment is strongest there [1].

In September 2015, telemedicine technology was tested in Lviv, Ukraine. In conjunction with NATO, they are developing a multinational telemedicine system aimed to provide medical support in both civilian and military situations. The technology includes a portable medical kits that is used to connect to the system in order to receive medical aid, even when in a remote location. Access to not only local, but also global medical professionals would be available when connected to the system.

About the Open World Program

Since its founding by Congress in 1999, the Open World Program has enabled more than 14,000 current and future Eurasian leaders to experience American democracy, civil society and community life; work with their American counterparts; stay in American homes; and gain new ideas and inspiration for implementing change back home. Some 6,000 American host families and their communities in all 50 states have participated in the Open World Program to make this ambitious public diplomacy effort possible. GlobalJax hosts up to three of these intense week long programs each year. Unlike IVLP participants, Open World participants stay with locals in their homes for the duration of their visit to Jacksonville. This allows close relationships to develop between hosts and guest(s) that often result in friendships that last a lifetime and invitations for reciprocal visits. Participating Countries include Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Russia. Additionally, Russia's nearly 13,000 participants have come from all of the country's 83 regions. These programs include unique cultural events including Cooking Nights where our guests prepare a traditional meal for their hosts.

While You are Here...

The work we do has never been more important — whether it’s because of ongoing conflict or "news" that tells just part of the story - now more than ever, we need connection, conversation, and global perspective. Click here to learn more or to support GlobalJax's efforts to create a more globally connected, informed and vibrant region.




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