A hospice link between the Ukraine and Germany

Civil society cooperation between the hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk and the Johannes hospice in Muenster, supported by funds from the Foreign Office

General Information

The federal government supports civil society project cooperations with East European countries, using the instruments of cultural relations and educational policy. Based on partnership, with a flat organisational structure, a cooperation can become effective “outside the realm of politics“ and beyond national borders through dialogue, development, and society and social commitment. Against the background of history with its traumas and dreams, the “peaceful co-existence of the peoples in Europe“ is strengthened.

Within the programme “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia“, measures are eligible for funding which “develop permanent structures of civic society cooperation“,  reach a large number of participants and pursue higher goals.

These goals are: “strengthening pluralism“, “encouraging discussion of values“, “opening up prospects for the future“, and “encouraging dialogue and understanding“ (Information on the Federal Foreign Office Programme)



Project name: „Capacity Building in Hospice Care“

The application submitted by the Johannes hospice for the year 2019 has been given a positive assessment by the Foreign Office. The two main goals were formulated as follows:

  • Capacity building in hospice care in the Regional Palliative Care Center (hospice) in Ivano-Frankivsk has been achieved.
  • The cooperation between the hospices in Ivano-Frankivsk and Muenster (Johannes Hospice) has been strengthened,

The Regional Clinical Palliative Care Center (Hospice) in Ivano-Frankivsk was founded in 1997 and has the status of a regional medical institution. Its task is to offer comprehensive care for the dying and their families. At the same time, students of the Medical College and the Medical University can learn there under realistic conditions. For further information: see palliacentre.com.ua (only in the Ukrainian language).



Project administration period

April 2019 to December 2019.



Activities carried out:

  • Care visitation to the hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk by a palliative care expert from the Johannes Hospice.
  • A three day work experience in stationary care at the Johannes Hospice for a total of four carers from the hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk.
  • A five day interdisciplinary course with a multi-professional team of instructors in Ivano-Frankivsk.
  • A one day job-related course for carers in Ivano-Frankivsk
  • A Round Table with tutors from Ivano-Frankivsk in the Ukraine

The project described the progress of increasing cooperation between the two hospices. Both are in a city with a similar population, both in a city with good standards of educational culture. Within the project, the cooperation formed a structure on the level of professional qualification. It is an excellent basis for future developments in 2020. Caring for the patient is central to hospice care and carers need professional support – for the people they look after and for themselves and their professional prospects.



Dr. Iryna Slugotska

Dr. Iryna Slugotska, director of the Regional Clinical Palliative Care Center in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine