Project title

«Personalized prevention tools in obesity and diabetes – a joint Romanian-Ukrainian programme of health education»


Project acronym: PrePOD


Project web-site:


Project duration: 15.06.2020 – 15.12.2021 (project implementation period is extended to 4 months, but no later than December 31, 2023)


The total budget of the project is EUR 329 200, EUR 296 280 (90%) of contribution is made by the Joint Operational Program Romania-Ukraine 2014 – 2020 and EUR 32 920 (10%) of contribution is made by 2 partners, “Ștefan cel Mare” University (Suceava, Romania) and Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine).


Lead Beneficiary – “Ștefan cel Mare” University (Suceava, Romania)


Beneficiary 1 – Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)


The coordinators are Professor Volodymyr Lushchak, Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, PNU (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) and Mihai Covasa, Head of the Department of Health and Human Development at Ştefan cel Mare University (Suceava, Romania). The project team from the Ukrainian side includes both specialists from Precarpathian National University and Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University.


The main objective of the project is to increase public and medical staff awareness of risk factors linked to overweight, obesity and diabetes through on-site screening, nutrition counseling and education and personalized health feedback.


The project aims to help reduce the spread of obesity and diabetes in Ukraine and Romania.




To screen individuals (adult and children) to determine their risks for overweight, obesity or diabetes and provide integrative customized tools for disease prevention.

To assess current medical practices of family physicians and train primary health care providers in adopting preventative approaches and effective nutrition counseling to obese and diabetic patients

To intensify cooperation between Romanian and Ukrainian health specialists with the aims of:

1) obtaining a scientific understanding of the current situation regarding rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in our regions;


2) identifying common evidence-based solutions to decrease rates of diseases; and


3) raising the level of exposure of faculty, technical staff and students to scientific knowledge by involving the minex change visits, trainings and research-related project activities.




  1. Direct target groups:


1) Local community

This is represented by the adult and school-age Romanian and Ukrainian urban and rural populations from the core regions of Suceava county and Ivano-Frankivsk oblast that are suffering of, or are at risk of developing obesity and/or diabetes.


2) Family health providers


The second aim of the project is to engage local health providers in providing nutrition counselling and education in primary care setting in a Romanian/Ukrainian population.


  1. Indirect target groups:

Faculty, researchers, technical personnel, students and other staff involved in this project from both countries.


Contact person and Project Coordinator: DSc, professor, Head of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Department- Volodymyr LUSHCHAK, tel.: +380342506171, email: