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.
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.
Speech of A/Minister of Health Dr. Ulana Suprun at the High Level Meeting on NCDs, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (As Delivered) With resolute determination we are liberating Ukraine’s healthcare system held hostage by Soviet design which openly neglected patients. Ukrainians deserve a modern healthcare modeled after the world’s best standards and practices putting patients first. A key priority is fighting non-communicable diseases (NCDs) annually accounting for 86% of all deaths in Ukraine, a country with one of the highest mortality rates from cardiovascular diseases in Europe.
Ukraine makes significant progress in fighting tobacco use: 20% reduction in adult smokers since 2010 Delegates from 137 countries, including representative from governments, United Nations agencies, international intergovernmental organizations and the civil society gathered in Geneva the first week of October for the Eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to exchange their experience and to discuss the future of tobacco control in the context of building a healthier and sustainable world. This year, the Conference participants paid particular attention to the issues of illicit tobacco trade, innovative tobacco products, tobacco advertising, and the composition, packaging and labeling of tobacco products.