UNDP delivered life-saving medicines and health products in a transparent way to UkraineAug 19, 2016
UNDP delivered life-saving medicines and health products in a transparent way to Ukraine
Kyiv, 17 August 2016 – As of today, 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.
These products are related to tuberculosis, hepatitis, hemophilia, orphan diseases, HIV and vaccines. UNDP supports the country’s procurement and contracting for these critical, life-saving products. The savings will allow the Ministry of Health to purchase and distribute additional stocks.
“This partnership is living up to its promise. Not only are we saving lives, but this initiative will also assist Ukraine in its transition towards transparency, integrity and accountability,” said UNDP Country Director a.i Blerta Cela.
In 2015, the Government of Ukraine entrusted UNDP with the procurement and distribution of medicines and health products. The products were administered in accordance with UNDP’s procurement rules and regulations, leading to transparent and competitive tenders.
Importantly, this initiative is not only about emergency medicine procurement, but also supports capacity building. Specifically, UNDP supports the Ministry of Health in the development of a strategy to reform the public procurement system, focusing on closer collaboration among State agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and civil society organizations. Ultimately, these changes can help Ukrainians, not only to save money in procurement of critical medical supplies, but can also support the Ukrainian pharma industry to be ever-more competitive in the tough global market for these same products.
In April 2016, the Aid Transparency Initiative recognized UNDP as the most transparent aid organization in the world for the second consecutive year.
UNDP Medicine procurement status - 17 August 2016
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