Ukraine has joined the WHO European Health Research Network (EHRN) as its sixth member country.

The official launch of the membership took place during the first meeting on strengthening national health research systems, held in Kyiv on October 17–19, 2018. The meeting was organized one year after the adoption of the Sofia Declaration and the establishment of the EHRN, according to the official website of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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This landmark occasion brought together for the first time national health research stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, the National Academy of Medical Science, the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and others.

Under the leadership of the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation of WHO/Europe, participants discussed how health information, health research and knowledge translation contribute to evidence-informed policy-making. They also explored country-driven approaches to advancing national health research in Ukraine.

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine is prioritizing the implementation of the Action plan to strengthen the use of evidence, information and research for policy-making in the WHO European Region.

A newly formulated action plan demonstrates Ukraine's commitment to conducting a comprehensive assessment of its national health research system. The assessment will help to identify: existing mechanisms and processes for the governance and management of national health research; the institutions engaged in research for health; human and financial resource allocation and needs; and enablers of the use of health research in policy and practice.

In addition, Ukraine will participate in the virtual meeting of EHRN in early December 2018 and spearhead regional efforts to strengthen health research systems.