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We have made huge strides in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Since 1990, there has been an over 50 percent decline in preventable child deaths globally. Maternal mortality also fell by 45 percent worldwide. New HIV/AIDS infections fell by 30 percent between 2000 and 2013, and over 6.2 million lives were saved from malaria.

Despite this incredible progress, more than 6 million children still die before their fifth birthday every year. 16,000 children die each day from preventable diseases such as measles and tuberculosis. Every day hundreds of women die during pregnancy or from child-birth related complications. In many rural areas, only 56 percent of births are attended by skilled professionals. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among teenagers in sub-Saharan Africa, a region still severely devastated by the HIV epidemic.

These deaths can be avoided through prevention and treatment, education, immunization campaigns, and sexual and reproductive healthcare. The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines for all. Supporting research and development for vaccines is an essential part of this process as well.

Goals in action

Ukrainians are provided with serums against botulism

The antitoxin was sourced by UNDP within the shortest possible period. High-quality medicine manufactured in Canada were transferred to the specialized warehouse of the Ministry of Health. MORE >

World Rare Disease Day: UNDP helps protect the constitutional right of all patients to healthcare

UNDP joins the initiative of the patient community to support patients with rare diseases receive life-saving medicines. In a ground-breaking new procurement program established by the Parliament of Ukraine, UNDP has completed procurement of medicines related to four orphan diseases. MORE >

Repaired Blood Transfusion Station in Mariupol to serve over half a million people

More than half a million people – local residents and IDPs – stand to benefit from the services of a newly repaired Blood Transfusion Station in Mariupol. The station, which was repaired by UNDP with financial support from the government of Japan, is a key medical facility covering the entire southern part of Donetsk Oblast. MORE >

Neal Walker: Can health care reform succeed in Ukraine?

"If there is one reform in Ukraine that can really change Ukrainian society, it is health care reform. The reform appears as a small flower in the spring, with all the inherent risks of a return to winter. I sincerely hope that this reform becomes a Ukrainian success story which citizens will be proud of ". Read what UN Regional Coordinator Neal Waler has to say about the ongoing health reform. MORE >

Against all odds: displaced woman living with HIV defends her rights

A story of HIV-positive woman displaced from Donetsk region who succeded to protect her rights and get effective legal, medical and humanitarian assistance despite all the challenges. MORE >

How to protect the integrity of Ukraine’s medical procurement against corruption?

UNDP assessment of the level of vulnerability of the health procurement sector’s integrity highlights the central role of the legislation, regulatory and management environments in allowing corruption and collusion to occur, and provides recommendations to effectively reform the Ukrainian health procurement system. MORE >

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