Procurement Support Services to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine

Project Summary

The challenges and failures of the Ministry of Health’s public procurement and supply programme resulted in a two-year gap of available medicine in the country from 2013-2015. At the request of the Ministry of Health, this project will procure a range of medicines and related medical products as an emergency measure in 2015 and ongoing years as needed. The programme will also build the capacity needed to support a transparent and cost-effective procurement system for the Ministry.

Project Goals

1.       Assist MOH in the cost-efficient, transparent and timely procurement of medicines and other medical products of selected State Health Programmes as an emergency matter. The drugs to be procured are for the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, hepatitis, hemophilia and orphan diseases in children, and the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.

2.       Build the structural and human resource capacity for supply, planning, forecasting, and monitoring and evaluation for transparent and cost-effective procurement at MOH.

3.       Progressively hand over procurement activities while supporting the procurement processes and procurement unit of MOH.

4.       Support MOH further reform of the national procurement and quality assurance system and capacity development processes.

5.       With the technical expertise of WHO, support the capacity building of the procurement and supply chain management in the context of the wider initiative aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian healthcare system and creating a coherent pharmaceutical society.

Improving public procurement in healthcare

Procurements of vital medicines through UNDP and other international organizations is a temporary measure for Ukraine for the period of up to 2019. The support provided by UNDP to the Ministry of Health is also aimed to help reform healthcare sector procurement for the period beyond 2019, in particular with the creation of a Health Products Procurement Agency (HPPA). The agency is an independent organization and will be responsible to procure medicines for the Ukrainian people using modern IT tools and transparent procedures. To support its capacity, the UNDP Healthcare Program is helping with different activities, such as:

  • Introduction of sustainable procurement practices;
  • Support to policy and legal developments, 
  • Support to capacity building events and advocacy, 
  • Provision of anti-corruption analysis/evidence and action plan,
  • Support to the advisory unit under the Ministry of Health, 
  • Support to revision of the nomenclature of medicines used by the Ministry of Health.

Among the achievements of 2016, two digital monitoring and stock management systems were launched: “E-Liky” jointly developed with the patient community in two oblasts, and digital stock management system developed with state enterprise Ukrvakcina, already piloted in 13 hospitals and soon to be rolled out. Seminars and workshops on anti-corruption, sustainable procurement and human rights took place at the ministerial and regional level. Joint activities with patient groups and civil society helped building a system of checks and balances which will ensure public oversight on the future activities of the agency.


On the long term, this project focuses on strengthening public procurement in Ukraine's healthcare system, in order to ensure all citizen's access to essential medicines and other medical products in Ukraine.

On one hand, UNDP will provide support to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in developing and implementing a strategy for reforming procurement in. This strategy will be based on the principles of transparency, accountability and effectiveness and apply integrated, issue-based and innovative approach.

On the other hand, UNDP will help develop an online medical stock system to allow real-time monitoring of and access to medical stocks, as a key element of reform. This system will help scale up the public procurement process, make medicines and other medicinal products timely available for patients, and allow appropriate forecasting and planning for medicines procurement both nationally and locally.

Latest News


First weeks of UNDP medicine procurement for 2016 already show USD 3 million in savings

Few weeks in UNDP’s renewed medicine procurement cycle for 2016, amounts contracted so far already show savings of USD 3 million compared to prices from 2015, which are immediately reallocated to the procurement of additional medicines to supply more patients suffering from rare diseases with essential treatment.



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UNDP procurement savings will supply USD 4 million of additional medicines.

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Public experts from all Ukraine trained on UNDP-UNEP Sustainable Procurement approach.

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UNDP to procure a wider range of medicines in 2016

11 October 2016 - The Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MOH) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a new agreement, which doubles the number of State health programs under which UNDP will procure medicines and medical products to Ukrainian patients for the budget year 2016. | More...



More patients treated as UNDP reports 98% of procured medicines delivered

12 October 2016 - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MOH) presented the one-year review of UNDP emergency medicine procurement: as of October 12th, 2016, the volume of drugs shipped to Ukraine reaches 98% of the total amount contracted, with budget savings and leftovers of over USD 4 million, allowing for additional procurement of life-saving treatments. More...

 Infographics: UNDP reports on medicines delivery progress

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Ministry of Health officials trained to prevent conflicts of interest

10 October 2016 - The Ministry of Health’s staff were briefed today on how to prevent conflicts of interest, by UNDP Ukraine and the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) - a newly established institution responsible for settling and preventing conflicts of interest and corruption, as well as designing anti-corruption policies for Ukraine. More...


Ukrainian children to be immunized by French vaccine Pentaxim

19 August 2016 - At the request of the Health Care State Programme of the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Ukraine, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was appointed to source the pentavalent vaccine. The pentavalent vaccine is a combined vaccine with five individual vaccines intended to actively protect against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Read more…


UNDP delivered life-saving medicines and health products in a transparent way to Ukraine

17 August 2016-The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has delivered 92 percent of all contracted medicines and health products to Ukraine’s Ministry of Health. These efforts have saved the government US$4 million. Read more…


First medical equipment for HIV and TB diagnosis delivered to Ukraine

3 June 2016 - Test kits for HIV and TB worth close to USD 3.8 Mio will be delivered in the coming weeks to Ukrainian patients, through a transparent tender process undertaken by UNDP saving Ukrainian taxpayers over half a million US dollars. | Read More...


International Procurement of Treatment for People Suffering from Chronical Viral Hepatitis finalized

26 May 2016, Kiev – The procurement process to supply medicines for children and adults with chronical viral hepatitis is now finalized as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed contracts with 4 companies - GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ukraine, Ltd., Lumier Pharma Ltd, Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Valartin Pharma Ltd. Two more contracts with Delta Medical Promotions AG and Farmadis Ltd will be signed within coming days. | Read more...


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Government of Ukraine