A reform drive launched by the Western-leaning government installed after a pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovich, was overthrown in a popular uprising last year has become mired in bureaucratic inertia, arguments and allegations of corruption. “I don't know who is writing and carrying out reforms at the top or if they have ever been to a village and seen how people live and with what medical services,” said family doctor Nadiya Martynenko in Staiky, a cluster of dilapidated one-story houses on the River Dnieper, an hour's drive from the capital Kiev. Soviet-era hospitals across the country of 42 million are crumbling, underpayment of medical staff continues to foster a system of bribe-taking and Ukraine's poor vaccination rate has placed it on a blacklist alongside some of the world's poorest countries, including South Sudan.
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Ukraine health system in danger of collapse as reforms stall