The collapse of the Soviet Union has meant many things to the nation of Ukraine. Independence can be a double-edged sword. In the medial community, it has meant that doctors have had to fight for supplies and proper training, while their patients, particularly young children, have fallen victim to the government's lack of regulations for everyday society. Over the years, too many children have been burned in open fires or electrocuted by exposed live wires. Since 1991 Roman Dashawetz and Emergency Medical Aid to Ukraine have been bringing in doctors and supplies from the United States. Over the years, they have worked to train the medical staff and stock hospitals to the point where the Ukrainian medical community can be independent-in every sense of the word.