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Donetsk oblast residents can find information about free medicines through Internet

Jun 14, 2017

Residents of Donetsk oblast can now obtain information regarding state-funded medicines available in all hospitals of the region through web-site http://eliky.in.ua/. This was announced today by the representatives of Donetsk Oblast Administration, United Nations Development Program and Charity Foundation “Patients of Ukraine” during the presentation of “E Liky” platform. Currently, information for 111 out of the 135 medical institutions of Donetsk region is already displayed at "E Liky" web-site.

"97% of Ukrainians pay for medicines out of pocket. Today Donetsk region has made a big step forward for the patients – opened information about the stock of medicines in hospitals and joined the resource "E Liky." Thanks to the website and “E Liky” mobile app, every patient can check the availability of treatment in his hospital is just a few minutes. These medicines are purchased for the state and local budget funds and patients can get them for free on prescription," says Olha Stefanyshyna, the Executive Director of the Charity Foundation “Patients of Ukraine”.

According to the Ministry of Health Decree #509 of 2 June 2016, all regional health departments are required to disclose information about stock of medicines in the hospitals. It was extremely difficult to check this information before the launch of "E Liky". Rivne, Odesa, Khmelnytsky and Zaporizhzhya regions and partly Chernivtsi, Chernihiv, Volyn, Zakarpattya, Luhansk, Ternopil regions and the city of Kyiv are currently connected to the resource eliky.in.ua. Interactive map of “E Liky” platform also shows the information provided by the resource "Available medicines" for Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Kherson and Poltava regions. About 20 regions of Ukraine are already providing information on medicines available to patients in hospitals.

"Using systems like "E Liky" is a modern approach to providing quality services to citizens. Donetsk region examined the experience of other regions that have joined the initiative and decided to connect all area hospitals to “E Liky”. We will provide full support for medical facilities with regards to publishing timely and complete information," says Oleksandr Pedenko, Deputy Head of the Section of the Department of Health.

The "E Liky" web-site contains information about the telephone hotline where citizens can call if they are not provided with free medicines. Mobile application for Android and iOS is developed for the convenience of users. In order to inform residents of Donetsk region, posters and leaflets will be placed in every hospital.

Currently, an interactive map and easy-to-use search engine are available on the web-site to help find medicines both through the brand name and through the active ingredient. Information about medicines leftovers is updated weekly, while each hospital manages a personal page on the website for the easy upload of data. In addition, the medications list is synchronized with the State Register of Medicines that prevents errors in names and product characteristics – mentioned by the site developers.

"We are pleased to support the initiative of our partners eliky.in.ua, because it is an example of an innovative approach in protecting the rights of citizens to receive quality healthcare. Now residents of Donetsk region will receive information about medicines that are purchased for the budget, delivered to hospitals and available to patients," says Natalia Lukyanova, UNDP Health Procurement Reform Specialist.

"E Liky" platform was created by the team of "Patients of Ukraine" Foundation with the assistance of the International Renaissance Foundation and in partnership with the UNDP in Ukraine.

Media inquiries

Yevgeniy Zelenko, UNDP Ukraine Media Officer | +38 044 254 0035 | yevgeniy.zelenko@undp.org