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European Healthcare Design 2024

UNBROKEN: Designing for physical, psychological, and psychosocial rehabilitation in a European war zone

By SALUS User Experience Team 03 Jul 2024 0

The UNBROKEN Charitable Foundation is a charitable body whose main goal is to raise funds for philanthropic and social projects to support the activities of the Unbroken National Rehabilitation Center, within the First Medical Union of Lviv.


The Unbroken National Rehabilitation Center is a place where adults and children affected by the war in Ukraine receive comprehensive qualified medical care: emergency medical care, reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics, and robotic prosthetics. Prostheses are manufactured at the Center, where patients are also fitted with new body parts. In addition, the Center deals with physical, psychological and psychosocial rehabilitation of injured military personnel and civilians. All patient care is provided free of charge.

The main task of the Foundation is to ensure that Ukrainians are treated at home in Ukraine and do not seek help abroad or in various medical institutions. For this, it is necessary to ensure the material and technical base, as well as the availability of state-of-theart medical equipment within the hospital itself.

Another task surrounds the professional development of doctors and nurses. To achieve this aim, attention focuses on the organisation of educational programmes, exchange of experience, internships, and the arrival of colleagues from abroad.

The Foundation’s mission is to create the conditions for professional medical, rehabilitation, and psychological support, in addition to the comprehensive treatment of patients in Ukraine. Its activities are based on accountability, transparency, responsibility, and the involvement of citizens from all over the world in order to achieve the main goal – access of every Ukrainian to modern medicine and the guarantee of receiving qualified care in their country.

The Foundation’s activities are delivered by a team of professionals and active citizens of Ukraine.

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