Elena Petryayeva – Ukrainian public figure and statesman, Honored healthcare worker of Ukraine – is the head of the initiative. She was born and raised up in Donetsk. Her professional career was linked to this city and the region.
She started her career as a therapist in the city hospital. During her work in the medical field, she has passed the path from this point to the Deputy Head – Director of health protection department of regional state administration.
During the work in Donetsk Regional State Administration, Elena Petryayeva guided complex and problematic pilot project of reforming the health care system in Donetsk region (it was also carried out in Vinnytsia and Dnipropetrovsk regions, and in Kiev). At the same time, she has repeatedly constructively criticized the central leadership. She was pointing out disadvantages and imbalances in the reform, offered the ways of solving the problems. Elena Petryayeva raised the issue on necessity of legislative securing of the prestige of medical workers during numerous meetings with the leadership of the country, representatives of ministries and departments. In its turn, it would prevent the shortage of personnel in state medicine.
Since the beginning of ATO, she has been talking about the need to review the state policy concerning the social obligations. In particular, it comes about the competent subordination of human settlements in ATO area to settlements, which are located among the demarcation line under Ukrainian control, in order not to leave it to its fate. She has repeatedly appealed to authorities in order not to leave uncontrolled territories without social payments and salaries, pension payments, to mitigate the conditions for payment of pensions to residents of ATO zone.
She was involved into the organization of the evacuation both ordinary citizens and institutions from ATO zone. She participated in negotiations between all the parties of the conflict. Elena Petryayeva took part in the evacuation of Artemovsk orphanages, institutions for the elderly from Gorlovka and Torez. She was organizing the evacuation of medical institutions from Slavyansk, Semyonovka, Kramatorsk.
Elena Petryayeva took part in the events, which were hold by representatives of the OSCE, World Health Organization (WHO), international medical humanitarian organization “Doctors Without Borders” (MSF) and “Red Cross”, in order to provide Donbas residents with the full access to medical services.
Biography of Elena Petryayeva
Elena Petryayeva was born in May 6, 1956 in Donetsk.
Graduated from Donetsk National Medical University (major – general medicine, physician).
1979-1981 – Internship at the Central Clinical Hospital № 1 in Donetsk.
1981-1985 – Local therapist at the hospital №5 in Donetsk. In 1985 she became the head of a polyclinic at the hospital, from 1991 to 2005 – deputy chief medical officer at the medical unit.
2005 – 2014 – State service. In 2005-2006 – The Head of the Department of Health Donetsk Regional State Administration. In 2006-2011 – Deputy Chairman of Donetsk Regional State Administration.
During 2011-2014 -The Deputy Head – Director of health protection department of regional state administration.
2014 – A member of the board of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
2015 – The head of community initiative «Restoring Donbas».