Ukraine

Ukraine

We work to strengthen the governance and management of Ukraine’s pharmaceutical systems to enhance transparency and advance policies that improve the availability of quality-assured medicines, including those required for an effective HIV and AIDS and TB response.

Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Roman Illyk, presents during the National Health Technology Assessment Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine

Using Health Technology for Health Care Solutions

Under USAID’s Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines (SAFEMed) for Ukrainians Activity, we helped launch the country’s first health technology assessment unit, which makes health care recommendations to the Ministry of Health based on safety, clinical efficacy, and cost. It helps guide choices on which medicines will be part of Ukraine’s publicly financed benefits package, ultimately granting access to high-quality drugs while saving Ukrainians some $28 million annually.

Overview

Our work in Ukraine aims to bolster pharmaceutical governance and financing, contribute to a longer-term plan for pharmaceutical financing, and strengthen rational pharmaceutical management and the pharmaceutical supply chain, ultimately leading to better availability and use of essential medicines, particularly for those living with TB, HIV and AIDS, and noncommunicable diseases.

Professor Rabia Kahveci shares three of the most important lessons learned in applying health technology assessment (HTA) in low- and middle-income countries in her 20-years of experience supporting the integration of HTA into health care reforms.
With support from USAID, Ukraine’s Medical Central Procurement Agency is learning from the private sector and adopting Good Distribution Practices (GDP). GDP is a global standards system that ensures the safety and quality of pharmaceutical products throughout the supply chain. The system works to maintain product integrity and patient safety, remove falsified medicines from the supply chain, and reduce expensive mistakes.
The National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU), with support from USAID’s SAFEMed Project, enhanced the state medicines reimbursement program to include e-prescriptions. NHSU reimburses participating pharmacies for patient’s prescriptions at the cost established through external price referencing. At little or no cost, patients can access select medicines, which family doctors e-prescribe, to treat non-communicable diseases. The introduction of e-prescriptions has enhanced the role of primary health care in Ukraine and contributes to a more transparent and effective use of public funds.
In December 2019, the USAID SAFEMed Activity in Ukraine launched an innovative public-private partnership in Odessa region to improve the distribution of antiretrovirals for HIV and TB medications.

Job Opportunities in Ukraine

Join us as we help solve the world’s public health challenges through innovation, dedication, and technical excellence. We are looking for talented, passionate people to join us—as employees, consultants, and interns—in advancing our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.