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Dear Minister

Subject: Today UNDP is deeply concerned that people in Ukraine, especially children with rare diseases, may be deprived of access to certain medicines

The United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) reconfirms its support for the people of Ukraine and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in ensuring that essential medicines are delivered and that patients have the treatment they need.

Since 2015, UNDP has been closely cooperating with the Ministry of Health, supporting the Government of Ukraine in the fight against the significant corruption that existed within the healthcare system in Ukraine, and ensuring that essential life-saving medicines are delivered to give patients the treatment they need.

Not only has UNDP achieved over one billion hryvnias in savings (money that was used to procure more medicines), it also ensured the treatment of more patients than ever before. This partnership has saved the lives of thousands of people, including children.

Today UNDP is deeply concerned that people in Ukraine, especially children with rare diseases, may be deprived of access to certain medicines. We believe that life is of the highest value, and that an uninterrupted supply of medicines for these children should be ensured.

Medicines procured by UNDP are of top quality, procured in line with international procurement practices and quality standards including those of the WHO, and are distributed in Ukraine in full partnership with the competent authorities i.e. the Ministry of Health. Without these medicines, patients, including young children, are likely to suffer or die.

UNDP, in full coordination with other Agencies in the UN system, is currently assisting the Government of Ukraine set up an efficient, effective and transparent public procurement system with the requisite capacities to procure medicines and medical products for the patients of Ukraine. Until this national system is in place and fully operational, UNDP stands ready to continue procuring essential medicines and medical products under the guidance of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

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