Medicine procurement through international organizations: almost twice as many adult oncology patients get free medicines Every year, specialized international organizations that support Ukraine in procurement of medicines and healthcare products conduct transparent tenders and negotiate with manufacturers on prices, which results in savings of the allocated funds. The savings are used to purchase additional medicines to provide safe and effective treatment to more patients in need. The effective cooperation with international organizations in medicine procurement helped the Ukrainian government to provide free medicines to a significantly higher number of adult oncology patients. In 2016, the savings were used to purchase 90 out of all 94 centrally procured medicines.
Ukraine’s Deputy Health Minister Olha Stefanyshyna: Protecting the population against infectious vaccine-preventable diseases is a key priority On November 8-9, 2018, the International conference (XVI) "Aspects of Immunology in Pediatrics" takes place in Kyiv, bringing together Ukrainian and European experts to discuss current challenges in pediatric immunology. Olha Stefanyshyna, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine, delivered an insightful speech at the conference opening (English translation of the original Ukrainian speech, as delivered).
5 important facts about immunization in Ukraine Immunization through vaccination is the best and safest way to protect against many life-threatening diseases. The public trust in vaccination is a matter of national security in Ukraine. This is exactly why many myths about the safety of vaccines and the importance of immunization are being spread, in particular by Russian bots and trolls that are fueling anti-vaccination attitudes by spreading lies and posting anti-vaccine messages on social media to erode public trust in vaccination, healthcare systems and democratic societies. The Ministry has to ensure that all Ukrainians have access to accurate and trustworthy information on vaccines, embrace the facts and not believe the fakes.
Ukraine’s Health Ministry and partners work on electronic procurement system The Ministry of Health of Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding with the Eurasia Foundation (Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services Program / TAPAS) on the implementation of the e-procurement development project. The project will open up opportunities for a large-scale development of the system for electronic procurement of medicines, medical devices, and other healthcare products in Ukraine, and will contribute to ensuring the professionalization of public procurement in the health sector.